López Jr. with the huge upset, defeats Lomachenko by UD

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Teófimo López Jr. has won his biggest fight in his young boxing career. The 23-year-old defeated Vasyl Lomachenko on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise, Nevada.

López Jr. won the bout via a unanimous decision. However, one judge had a very questionable score.

Teófimo López Jr. celebrates his knockout victory over Ishwar Siqueiros during their lightweight fight
Teófimo López Jr. celebrates his knockout victory over Ishwar Siqueiros during their lightweight fight (Getty Images)

The judges scorecards were 116-112, 119-109, and 117-111. The 119-109 score is the one in question.

It appeared like López Jr. won the first five bouts. Then, Lomachenko – knowing that he was trailing on the scorecards – came back to win the six bouts.

López Jr. then came out as the aggressor in the 12th and final round. While we saw it this way, the judges obviously saw it another way.

Despite the scorecards, López Jr. is the first 23-year-old boxer to be a four division champion. With the win, he retained his IBF Lightweight Championship belt.

By defeating Lomachenko — who was considered the best fighter in the world before the bout — López Jr. also secured the WBA (Super) Lightweight, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Championship belts.

López Jr. has now improved to 16-0 in his boxing career. This was just his fourth win by decision after knocking out 12 opponents.

His last decision win came over Masayoshi Nakatani on July 19, 2019 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Following that fight, he knocked out Richard Commey on December 14, 2019 to win the IBF Lightweight title.

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The loss has dropped Lomachenko to 14-2 in his boxing career. It was his first defeat since he was defeated by Orlando Salido by split decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on March 1, 2014. 

Following the loss to Salido, Lomachenko had won 13 straight bouts. Now, with the loss, he’ll have to go back to the Ukraine and come up with a game plan for his next bout. 

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