American Teofimo Lopez scored the most significant victory of his brief career, scoring a unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world at the boxing bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 119-109, 117-111.

Lopez retained the IBF title and claimed Lomachenko’s WBC franchise, WBA and WBO titles.

Lopez, 23, did the most of his damage in the early rounds and thereafter withstood a barrage from his Ukrainian opponent considered one of the most technically sound fighters in the history of the sport.

Known as a knockout artist, Lopez (16-0, 13 knockouts) showed uncommon technical brilliance of his own, particularly the 12h and final round.

Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) came on in the later rounds but was unable to make up for a slow start in one of the most highly anticipated fights in recent memory.

October 18, 2020 at 12:58 AM EDT
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Lopez scores upset of Lomachenko

By Gene Wang

American Teofimo Lopez scored the most significant victory of his brief career, scoring a unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world at the boxing bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 119-109, 117-111.

October 18, 2020 at 12:44 AM EDT
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Round 12

By Gene Wang

By far the most action of the entire fight. Lopez came back from some slower rounds to land with authority. Lomachenko had his moments too, including a straight right to the head, but Lopez closed strong despite a nasty gash over his right eye.

October 18, 2020 at 12:39 AM EDT
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Round 11

By Gene Wang

The action picked up exponentially, with fighters trying to impart their will on the other. Lomachenko got stronger, moving Lopez into the ropes with a combination. A body shot late staggered Lopez.

October 18, 2020 at 12:35 AM EDT
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Round 10

By Gene Wang

Lomachenko commanded the center of the ring better than he has at any point in the fight. Combinations kept Lopez at bay, including a left to the head, to close the gap from the early rounds.

October 18, 2020 at 12:31 AM EDT
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Round 9

By Gene Wang

Lomachenko began taking more chances, and the strategy worked. The Ukrainian landed several combinations while fighting inside with success, despite a reach disadvantage.

October 18, 2020 at 12:28 AM EDT
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Round 8

By Gene Wang

The fighters butted heads early in the round as Lomachenko began pressing in by far his best round. Lomachenko landed to the head multiple times and had Lopez retreating.

October 18, 2020 at 12:24 AM EDT
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Round 7

By Gene Wang

Lopez owned the center of the ring in yet another round, keeping Lomachenko at bay with his jab and following with uppercuts. Lomachenko finally showed some offense with a straight right that pushed Lopez back.

October 18, 2020 at 12:20 AM EDT
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Round 6

By Gene Wang

Lopez landed a clean shot to the body early and finished the round strong with a right uppercut that appeared to jar Lomachenko, who looks far slower and tentative than his opponent nearly 10 years his junior.

October 18, 2020 at 12:16 AM EDT
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Round 5

By Gene Wang

Lopez continued to work the body effectively in a dominant round. Lomachenko again was on the ropes briefly covering up, with his defense not as sharp as it had been in any of his previous fights.

October 18, 2020 at 12:12 AM EDT
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Round 4

By Gene Wang

Lopez controlled the center of the ring and went to the body consistently. Lomachenko absorbed several shots to the ribs, including a hard right that was the most robust punch by either fighter in the round.

October 18, 2020 at 12:12 AM EDT
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Round 3

By Gene Wang

Lopez moved forward aggressively, getting Lomachenko into the ropes with a solid combination. Lomachenko got out of trouble, but Lopez continued to show his boxing acumen is worthy of his highly skilled opponent.

October 18, 2020 at 12:06 AM EDT
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Round 2

By Gene Wang

Lomachenko landed several straight lefts early and began to get more aggressive. Lopez countered down the stretch but didn’t land nearly as cleanly as Lomachenko.

October 18, 2020 at 12:03 AM EDT
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Round 1

By Gene Wang

The fighters spent the first round measuring each other, with neither moving forward too much. Teofimo Lopez was far more active, however, landing shots to the body, with Vasiliy Lomachenko standing back and trying to analyze his opponent.

October 17, 2020 at 11:44 PM EDT
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Arnold Barboza Jr. scores unanimous decision

By Gene Wang

American junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. remained undefeated with a unanimous decision against Alex Saucedo in a highly entertaining co-feature. Barboza (26-0, 10 KOs) recovered from a knockdown in Round 7 after dominating the first six rounds against Saucedo (30-2, 19 KOs). Two judges scored the fight 97-92 and a third 96-93.