Unified lightweight titleist Vasily Lomchenko faced her title contender Teofimo Lopez Jr. in a top-ranked card main event Saturday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas (ESPN and ESPN +, 7:30 ACT ET).
Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs), WBO and WBA titleholder and WBC “franchise” champion, puts his belts against the IBF Titleist Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) in a widely matched match between the two best . Fighters in the Division.
Lomchenko, 32, won the WBA belt in May 2018 in a seventh round TKO win over George Linares. Seven months later he included the WBO belt in a unanimous decision over Jose Pedraza. Lomchenko won the WBC belt in a decision win over Luke Campbell in 2019, but two months after that he was stripped of the belt by the WBC and instead named the organization the “franchise” winner. WBC interim title holder Devin Hanney was promoted to full titleholder. The WBC initially stated that the “franchise” belt would be nothing to fight for, but recently reversed course.
The fight is one of the best matchups that can be made in boxing, but will not have fans in attendance due to the coronovirus epidemic ban. Lomchenko says he will not be affected by it.
“I think it’s just a ring and judge and TV. That’s it. And of course there are four belts,” Lomachenko said during a news conference Wednesday. “For me, I think it will be a chess match.”
Lopez echoed Lomachenko’s feelings about the lack of fans – one of the few things they agree with.
“A true champion can adapt to everything,” Lopez said. “This goes for both of us. She fought in sold out arenas. I fought in sold out arenas. My job and my stuff are from these belts wrapped around me.”
The 23-year-old Lopez performed brilliantly to win his belt in a second-round TKO of Richard Comye in December last year and fought a unification fight against Lomchenko.
Lopez said, “Hard work pays off. In eighteen years, and this is just the beginning.” “you is not seen nothing yet.”
In the co-main event, Arnold Barboza Jr. took Alex Soredo (30-1, 19 KOs) in a 10-round, junior welterweight fight. Barboza (24-0, 10 KOs) has won three of their last five encounters with stops. He won a unanimous unanimous decision against Tony Louis in August in the top rank bubble.
Satedo (30–1, 19 KOs) has won two consecutive fights since suffering the only loss of his career to challenge Maurice Hooker for the WBO world title in 2018.
Steve Kim recounted the fiasco in Las Vegas.
Battle in progress: Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Alex Soredo, 10 rounds, junior welterweight
Edgar Berlanga TKO 1 Lanel Bellows
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Vargas showed speed, power in victory over Castaneda
Joshu Vargas made an impressive effort by defeating Canido Castaneda in a junior welterweight fight. All three judges fought for Vargas – 100–89, 98–91 and 99–90.
Vargas took an early lead in the second round by hitting Castaneda with a left hand. Castaneda arose, dusted himself, and kept fighting. But Vargas (18–1, 9 KOs) continued to control the action with continued strikes.
In the middle round, Vargas began to give the right hook to the body and the right pores. Although Vargas occasionally clashed with Castaneda (17–3, 8 KOs), he was never threatened in this battle. His superior boxing skills and quick movements helped him control this entire bout. Castaneda had a lot of bleeding from his nose for this fight, and when he went the distance, he was never really in the fight.
Vivas stops Moralde in round 1
Jose Enrique Vivas needed just 76 seconds to set John Vincent Moralde for the eight-round featherweight competition.
Vivas quickly sent Moralde (23–4, 13 KO) to the canvas with a short left hook while the two boxers were exchanging from inside. As Moralde wakes up, Vivas (20-1, 11 KO) strikes Morale with a hard hit with his right hand, causing him to stun, then placing a left hook on the body that Morale locks the ropes with Was turned up. At the time, referee Enrique Colon decided to call off the fight.
Dominate the randall river
Quinton Randall defeated Jan Carlos Rivera by unanimous decision in the matchup of undefeated welterweights. After six rounds, Randall topped all three scorecards with scores of 59–55, 58–56 and 58–56.
Rivera (4-1, 4 KOs), an aggressive southpaw, did not hesitate to come forward to attack Randall (6-1, 2 KOs). While Rida was able to pin Randall against the ropes several times, most of his punches fell short, effectively bringing Randall into the box and overturning the entire bout.
Tucker remains unbeaten with unanimous decision victory
In the opening bout of the night, welterweight Zahi Tucker scored his second professional win by defeating Charles Garner’s four-round century. The three judges saw the fight for Tucker 40–36.
While the scorecards were clearly in favor of Tucker (2–0, 1 KOs), it was not a great performance. Tucker was a more active fighter and overtook Garner in consecutive battles, but Garner (1–1) completed his moments.
What this fight really showed was that 17-year-old Tucker still has a way to go in terms of his professional development.
still to come:
Battle of the title: Vasily Lomchenko vs. Teofimo Lopez for Lomichenko’s WBO and WBA lightweight titles and Lopez’s IBF lightweight title, 12 rounds