Young underdog Teofimo Lopez announced his true arrival as a superstar fighter in boxing, last night, out-pointing the highly-respected master Vasiliy Lomachenko over 12 rounds to unify the WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight titles.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) has boasted about “The Takeover” for a couple of years now, and last night, he did what he said he’d do.
He didn’t just out-muscle Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KO), which many fans and pundits thought might be the only way he could win the fight, he out-boxed and out-thought him for the majority of the bout, taking a clear — if somewhat controversially scored, at least by Julie Lederman — decision victory.
We’ll have to figure out what’s next for Lopez, 23, as he goes forward, because he’ll definitely have some big fight options, but for now, he deserves every bit of praise and admiration and respect that comes his way.
He was the legitimate underdog, he was facing a still-great fighter, and he won, period.
Obviously the fight is the talk of the boxing world, so here’s what some pros had to say in the immediate aftermath.