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Lopez: I Expected More From Lomachenko; He Was Pretty Basic, Honestly

LAS VEGAS – Teofimo Lopez prepared for a more difficult fight than Vasiliy Lomachenko gave him Saturday night.

Lopez upset Lomachenko by big margins on all three scorecards in their 12-round, 135-pound title unification fight at MGM Grand Conference Center. The youngest fully unified champion in the sport’s four-belt era out-boxed a favored former champ who is widely viewed as one of the most intelligent, skillful technicians of his generation.

Lomachenko’s extremely slow start surprised Lopez, who won by scores of 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112. The Ukrainian southpaw’s punch output increased during the second half of their bout, but Lomachenko couldn’t overcome the lead Lopez built.

“I expected more,” Lopez said during a post-fight press conference. “A lot of people were talking highly about him and I expected more, but basic – he was pretty basic, honestly, overall. Maybe it was a 14-month layoff that did it. I don’t know. I mean, but I had a 10-month layoff, so why does it matter?”

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The 32-year-old Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) hadn’t fought in 13½ months before boxing Lopez. The three-division champion defeated England’s Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in his previous appearance, a 12-rounder in August 2019 at O2 Arena in London.

The 23-year-old Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Ghana’s Richard Commey (29-3, 26 KOs) in the second round of his prior fight, which occurred December 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Despite their age gap and his long layoff, odds-makers listed Lomachenko as a 4-1 favorite over Brooklyn’s Lopez entering their much-anticipated showdown.

“I fought the guy that everybody says is the pound-for-pound [king] and everyone [talks highly] about,” Lopez said. “You know, he’s gonna be inducted into the Hall of Fame for doing one thing – three-time fastest, three-time weight-division champion, along with Claressa Shields. But that’s it, you know?. Everybody’s always gonna remember this fight with me. You know what I mean?

“About Lomachenko, we talked the talk and we walked the walk. That’s what I do, man. My father just doesn’t talk sh-t just to talk sh-t. He believes in my abilities. I’m smart when I’m in there, you know, and I peeped a lot of things. But, you know, facing someone like that and doing what I did, you guys haven’t seen anything yet.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by lion33lit on 10-24-2020

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;20824404]I blame Loma senior, he put gloves on Loma aged 4 then took him to dance school till the age of 13. What do you expect? He is going to be good with feet. Oh well![/QUOTE] Lol!!.........

Comment by Patsfan bri on 10-19-2020

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;20826050]Nah, not every time! Loma was shook, and didn't engage, but maybe those body shots were harder than they looked? He wasn't hitting me, so I can't judge! I just think Zepeda, Prograis, Ergashev, Ramirez, or Taylor would welcome the…

Comment by strykr619 on 10-19-2020

Loma took Lopez lightly, didn't adjust and to be blunt. Lopez showed zero fear. Loma needs to stay below 135 he hit his ceiling.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 10-19-2020

[QUOTE=Patsfan bri;20825422]you didn’t notice Lopez catching him with uppercuts, body punches [B]every time[/B] loma came in ???[/QUOTE]Nah, not every time! Loma was shook, and didn't engage, but maybe those body shots were harder than they looked? He wasn't hitting me,…

Comment by markther on 10-19-2020

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;20824270]It looked more like he was teaching Loma a lesson in American boxing style. He learned nothing himself, he dominated and imposed his style. Like Lederman, I've it 11-1 Lopez. I gave Loma round 11.[/QUOTE] While I agree with that,…

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