In a great night of boxing at the Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York, Vasyl Lomachenko defeated José Pedraza via unanimous decision to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight titles, in an exciting fight from beginning to end.
The first 10 rounds of the fight saw good back and forth action, with Lomachenko connecting the better punches, but Pedraza seemingly disrupting Lomachenko’s offensive output while connecting some significant punches of his own.
The fight was relatively close until the eleventh round when Lomachenko hurt Pedraza with an uppercut and sent him to the canvas after a relentless flurry of punches. Lomachenko knocked Pedraza down a second time before the round ended.
In the twelfth round, Lomachenko tried to end the fight but Pedraza had regained enough balance and strength to survive the round and avoid the knockout loss.
The judges’ final scores were 119-107, 117-109, and 117-109, all in favor of Lomachenko for the unanimous decision.
Armchair All-Americans scored the fight 116-110 in favor of Lomachenko.
Pedraza put forth a valiant effort and appeared to be executing an effective fight plan against Lomachenko through long portions of the fight. It will be interesting to see where Pedraza goes after his second professional loss.
Lomachenko is currently ranked as the No. 1 pound-per-pound best fighter in the world by ESPN.com.
Dogboe vs. Navarrete
In the co-main feature, Emanuel Navarrete scored a clear unanimous decision over WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe, to claim his first world title. Navarrete came out strong from the initial bell and imposed his bigger body on Dogboe, who appeared to narrowly avoid a knockout loss in at least two middle rounds. The final scores were 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112.
Lopez Jr. vs. Menard
In the first televised fight, highly touted lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez Jr. scored a sensational first-round knockout of a very game veteran fighter Mason Menard, only 44 seconds into their match. Lopez Jr. connected a sweeping right overhand that connected flush on the side of Menard’s head, who was knocked out before he fell on the canvas.
The card was broadcast by ESPN and promoted by Top Rank Boxing.
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