Lomachenko vs Lopez fight result: Teofimo Lopez outpoints Vasyl Lomachenko

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Teofimo Lopez is crowned undisputed at lightweight after upsetting the odds to defeat pound for pound star Vasyl Lomachenko.

Teófimo López stuns the boxing world and launches himself into pound for pound contention with a unanimous decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

The win takes López' record to 16-0 and sees him attain undisputed status at lightweight, adding the WBA (Super), WBO, WBC (Franchise) and The Ring titles to his IBF belt.

There was no feeling-out process for López who came out looking for Lomamachenko, taking centre-ring and getting on the front foot from the opening bell. Lomachecnko, on the other hand, made a cagey start, showing little offence as the rounds ticked on.

With Lomachenko throwing so few punches, it was difficult to score a single round in his favour over the first six, and though López wasn't landing much, the fact that he was letting his hands go meant you had to score in his favour.

Surely knowing that the fight was slipping away from him, the Ukrainian finally began to apply some pressure from the eighth round onwards and at times looked as though he was about to take over. However, with López holding his own and countering well, it began to look less and less likely that Loma could do enough to make up for the lack of activity in the first half of the fight.

López managed to put some emphasis on the win with a strong final round despite suffering a nasty cut from an accidental clash of heads just before the closing bell.

When it was all over, Lomachenko had the look of a man who knew what everyone watching knew - he just hadn't done enough.

The official scorecards came in at 116-112, 119-109, 117-111 all in favour of López, and while two of those scores beg questions as to what fight the judges were watching during the second half, a unanimous decision was well justified.

López was the underdog going in, but he and his team never seemed to waver in their confidence throughout the build-up, and while they didn't get the knockout or the easy night that they predicted, López certainly backed up all their belief. After all the talk, team López had a lot of pride on the line and will likely go home feeling that they won more than just a belt in the ring tonight.

With an Amateur record of 396-1, world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight, plus being awarded WBC franchise status and unifying belts in the lightweight division, Lomachenko carries one of the most impressive resumes the sport has ever seen. For López, beating the man ranked by many as the best boxer on the planet may well mean more than any belts ever could.

In his post-fight interview, López said: "I had to dig deep man . . . I'm a fighter, I gotta dig in deep I know he was coming, and I can't give him that . . . I love to fight, and I can bang too, I don't care man, I'll take one to give one . . . that's what a true champion does, I come out there and I find a way to win."

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