Young underdog Teofimo Lopez announced his true arrival as a superstar fighter in boxing tonight in Las Vegas, out-pointing the highly-respected master Vasiliy Lomachenko over 12 rounds to unify the WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight titles.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) has boasted about “The Takeover” for a couple of years now, and tonight, he did what he said he’d do. He didn’t just out-muscle Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KO), which many fans and pundits thought might be the only way he could win the fight, he out-boxed and out-thought him for the majority of the bout, taking a clear — if somewhat controversially scored, at least by Julie Lederman — decision victory.
We’ll have to figure out what’s next for Lopez, 23, as he goes forward, because he’ll definitely have some big fight options. but for now, he deserves every bit of praise and admiration and respect that comes his way. He was the legitimate underdog, he was facing a still-great fighter, and he won, period.
Obviously the fight is the talk of the boxing world, so here’s what some pros had to say in the immediate aftermath.
119 -109 ooowwweeee that was a good fight but that score was so disrespectful— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 18, 2020
Congratulations to @TeofimoLopez for an undisputed great performance.— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) October 18, 2020
I been said Loma was wack! ♂️— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) October 18, 2020
Lopez a supastar!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️— Joseph Diaz (@JosephDiazJr) October 18, 2020
Even though I had the fight closer, my prediction was Teo for the win. But those scorecards was.... Outlandish. That fight was close as hell.— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) October 18, 2020
Great fight @TeofimoLopez proved himself the real deal tonight... very interested to watch what he grows into. Congratulations champ— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 18, 2020
He did that shit congrats Teofimo Lopez !!!!!!!!— 100 Billion (@coolboysteph) October 18, 2020
Happy for Lopez, great performance he did his thing. #LomaLopez— Gabriel Rosado (@KingGabRosado) October 18, 2020
Judges got it right thank you boxing is back in the right place— Tony Harrison (@Iamboxing) October 18, 2020
I have no idea how SOME of you guys saw it a draw? To me, Loma lost the first 5 rounds itself. Loma just didn’t do enough. Started too late.— Luis Angel Feliciano (@Luis_Feliciano) October 18, 2020
Lopez does it. Great performance agents the pound for pound best. Lopez boxed a great fight true out.— Davey Oliver Joyce (@daveyoliver101) October 18, 2020
The New Era Is Here!!!!— Charles Conwell (@CharlesConwell) October 18, 2020
What the fuck i say! EXPREINCE DONT MEAN SHIT !!!!— Richardson Hitchins (@HeIsRichardson) October 18, 2020
I had the scores closer— Jesse Hart (@1hollywoodHart) October 18, 2020
I said this quote before... Watch out for these Young Lions ...Congrats @TeofimoLopez— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) October 18, 2020
Congratulations to the new undisputed young lightweight champion @TeofimoLopez— Mike Alvarado (@MileHighMike303) October 18, 2020
Lopez was brilliant,I’d like to see it again though loma being out for a year at his age especially as his main attributes are supreme distance and timing could’ve played a massive part in his inability to start working before 7rds orLopez could’ve just have his number— Enzo Maccarinelli (@theRealEnzoMac) October 18, 2020
Lopez just outmastered a chess master. #LomaLopez ♟— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) October 18, 2020
Teofimo has brains and brawn but he’s a BRUTE & the TRUTH.— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) October 18, 2020
The smart, patient start from Lopez just controlling the range was very impressive.— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) October 18, 2020
Loma couldn’t get in any position to work without risking getting nailed from a much bigger man that carry’s huge power.
Imagine accomplishing that at 23 yrs old? WOW. #LomaLopez