Las Vegas, MGM Arena hosted a boxing match in which the absolute world lightweight champion was determined, between Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko and American Teofimo Lopez.
Lopez came out at the outset and let Lomachenko know that he was here to fight. He set the tone by doing something no one thought he would do by throwing the jab and working the exposed body of Lomachenko.
Lomachenko was trying to find angles and ways to connect, but Lopez would come forward, dictate the pace, and landed the harder blows. The size and power looked to be too much for Lomachenko.
But the 32-year-old started to get into the rhythm in the second half of the fight by staying on the inside, being more active, and landing the crisper shots. The momentum had shifted, and the fight looked to be hanging in the balance.
Heading into the 12th and final round, Lopez was exhausted and looked to be on the ropes. Instead, Lopez bit down on his mouthpiece and fought the best three minutes of his career. He hurt Lomachenko with a series of left hooks, body shots and forced Lomachenko back to the ropes to secure the final round and become the unified lightweight champion.
For Lomachenko, his 13-bout winning streak ended. While admitting the scorecards are final, Lomachenko took some issue with the scorecards.
"In the first half, he won more rounds," Lomachenko said. "But I took over in the second half. I definitely don't agree with the scorecards."
"At the moment, I thought I won. But the results are the results."
Earlier, Lomachenko told about his desire to make history and to hold all four titles.
"It's a great and meaningful fight for those who love boxing and know a thing or two about it. I guess this fight will make history. Since I made my way into a professional sport, I have always wanted to become the absolute champion of the world. I always wanted to hold all fourt titles," he said.