The undefeated American of Honduran blood, Teofimo ‘The Takeover’ López, established himself as the undisputed lightweight champion, by unifying the belts of the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and the World Council Franchise championship Boxing, this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
After 12 rounds, which lacked the expected strong emotions, the scores corresponded for López by cards of 116-112, 119-109 and 117-111. Teofimo improved to 16-0 with 12 knockouts, while Vasiliy was left with 14-2 and 10 knockouts. The fight seemed much more even and even gave the impression of a draw as an accessible or close result for Vasiliy.
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The beginning of the battle was not intense, although many expected Teofimo to open like a train, but he went out to study and compete with science against Lomachenko, who on the backlash kept his hands a lot, at least in the first one, which it gave a slight advantage to the one of Honduran origin.
Teofimo began to connect more in the second, mainly to the soft areas. Again he approached the humanity of the Ukrainian, and towards the end of the assault it was Lomachenko who closed with fierce combination. For the third, patience was the ally of both who tried not to make mistakes and this caused the dabbling to be a dropper, although each time they fought closer.
In the fourth came Teofimo in front and again Vasiliy on the counter. But none dared to deliver the coup of authority that would finally tip the balance. With the expense, Lopez seemed to be in better danger, and Lomachenko tried to despair him to see if he made the mistake, but still nothing.
In the fifth Teofimo looked for the soft zones, and arrived a couple of times despite the counterattack from the Ukrainian. Again, the missiles to the soft zones of the Honduran reached their destination before a Vasiliy who did not reach the combat. ‘Hi Tech’ finally made noise in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to worry Teofimo either.
With his right hand, Teofimo commanded at the beginning of the seventh chapter, but Lomachenko returned with a couple of combinations that gave him hope in battle. In the eighth a header caused annoyance in Teofimo, who hit a strong combination on the Ukrainian, who responded fiercely. They finally gave the fans the fight they were waiting for.
The Ukrainian was finally released in the ninth, releasing his hands harshly and managing the leg movement well to try to avoid the dangerous attacks of the Honduran. Teofimo failed and Vasiliy began to command the battle to add 10 for his cause on the cards.
Teofimo tried to land the blow that sent Vasiliy to the canvas in the 10th, but as he risked more, he also allowed the Ukrainian to reach into him with long combinations. A hit below the belt caused referee Russell Mora to scold the Honduran.
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In the eleventh it was Lomachenko who most strongly connected the humanity of Teofimo, who enraged tried to put face to face with the two-time Olympic champion. Either way, it was Vasiliy who performed best, knocking his opponent back with swift blows with both hands, even into soft areas.
In the last, they went out to cross shrapnel without giving or asking for a truce. Lomachenko made him fail, but still the Honduran managed to connect strong rights. Vasiliy endured the punishment, but also sought to do damage and put strong left hands to the enemy face, but also risking, which caused him to also receive strong enemy hands. In the end, Teofimo came out with a cut on his right eyelid after a header.