Boxing: Lomachenko’s shock loss against Lopez

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Heading into the highly anticipated bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, the slick Ukrainian was widely tipped to triumph.

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Considered the finest pound for pound fighter in the world prior to the bout, the two time Olympic gold medal winning Lomachenko was undone by the hugely talented Lopez, who unified the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in this colossal upset.

Seeing as “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko possesses such impressive movement and footwork, which has undone many an opponent, who can’t live with the usually elusive champion, “El Brooklyn” Lopez had clearly undertaken a thorough analysis of his opponent on tape to identify where he could get at his adversary.

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With Lomachenko starting slowly while he sized up his 23-year-old foe, this allowed Lopez to secure some valuable early rounds. Effectively striking Lomachenko with some quality jabs and right straights, in combination with his shrewd movement to stay out of reach, this enabled Lopez to gain some control.

Lomachenko would eventually kick into the gear in the eighth round, beginning to land some meaningful shots, as he finally took some initiative in the fight. Landing some powerful and incisive blows, he even rocked Lopez with a fast flurry in the ninth round.

Ultimately, though, despite his fast finish, Lomachenko left his run too late, as he couldn’t claw back the points or knock out the crafty Lopez. With the fight ending in an entertaining 12th round, where both fighters traded some searing shots, the scorecards all favoured Lopez (119-109, 117-111 and 116-112).

“A lot of people were talking highly about him and I expected more,” Lopez stated. “Basic. It was pretty basic, honestly. Maybe it was the 14-month layoff that did it, I don’t know. But I had 10 months laid off, so why does it matter? I fought the guy that everybody says is the pound-for-pound (best).”

“I’m a fighter. I got to dig in deep. I knew he was coming. I didn’t know if they had him up on the scorecards or not, and I love to fight. I can bang, too. I don’t care, man. I’ll take one to give one. That’s what a true champion does. I find a way to win.”

A deserved winner, Lopez, who landed 42 more punches than Lomachenko, was rightfully delighted after the fight. Set for a sensational future, this remarkable upset win will only serve to boost his already lofty confidence.

The sky certainly appears the limit for one of boxing’s brightest talents.

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