Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) unified the WBA and WBO lightweight titles after a unanimous decision win over Jose Pedraza on Saturday.
Lomachenko was not at his best, but he was good enough to lock up a convincing win on the cards at 119-107, 117-109 and 117-109.
The Ukrainian (12-1) did not look entirely comfortable early in the fight and that was understandable considering he is months removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
But once he settled in he controlled the fight down the stretch, especially in the 11th round when he knocked Pedraza (25-2) down twice.
"It was my dream to unify titles," Lomachenko said. "It was my next goal. I can now focus on my next chapter. He's a veteran. He did a very good job, and I respect Pedraza and his team."
"Everything is good -- I'm healthy 100 percent," Lomachenko declared after wrapping up the victory to improve to 12-1 with nine wins inside the distance. I am happy," he said. "I (moved) a little closer to my dream, to my goal."
That's to unify all of the major lightweight belts.
"Two more belts, and maybe we can make in the next year a fight with Mikey Garcia," he said.
Lomachenko will have to wait on Garcia for a while. Garcia is moving up by two weight divisions to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence in a March pay-per-view event.
Garcia still holds the WBC world title at 135, but there is no guarantee that he will return to the lightweight ranks.
Earlier, a good portion of the world was introduced to young and dynamic lightweight Teofimo Lopez.
The 21-year-old delivered a devastating knockout in all of 40 seconds to Mason Menard, a veteran of 38 fights.
Lopez (11-0) caught Menard (34-4) a couple of times early and then delivered a huge shot to his opponent's right temple, ending the bout immediately.