WBO lightweight titlist Jose Pedraza fought like a champion, but WBA lightweight king Vasiliy Lomachenko fought like a superstar as he methodically unlocked the Puerto Rican's high-volume and angular attack, then surged in the championship rounds to capture the dominant unanimous decision and become a two-belt 135-pound titlist.
In round 11, Lomachenko out-landed Pedraza 48-4 overall and 42-3 power, landing 50% of his power punches to Pedraza's 15% in addition to scoring two knockdowns. Lomachenko followed up with a strong 12th (26-8 overall) to extend his final leads to 240-111 overall, 82-31 jabs and 158-80 power as well as 33%-12% overall, 21%-6% jabs and 46%-19% power. Scoring: 119-107, 117-109 (twice) for Lomachenko.
WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko wanted to unify lightweight world titles. After 12 rounds, he got his wish, although WBO champion Jose Pedraza sure didn't make it easy and halted Lomachenko's eight-bout knockout streak in the process.
Lomachenko (12-1 9 KOs,) defeated Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,312 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden to unify world titles for the first time in his illustrious career.
Scores were 119-107 and 117-109 2X.