On Saturday night, Ukrainian boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko unified the WBA and WBO lightweight titles by defeating Jose Pedraza in an entertaining scrap. The fight, broadcast on ESPN from the Theater at Madison Square Garden, wasn’t Loma’s best performance but saw him take over the fight late and land two knockdowns in the 11th round en route to a comfortable 119-107, 117-109, 117-109 decision.
The decision snapped Lomachenko’s 8 fight knockout streak, but don’t worry - there’s still some pretty great highlights from the fight that show off his fearsome handspeed and power. Take a look, courtesy of Top Rank:
And check out this future technology giving us a ‘4D’ look at some of the action:
After the win, Lomachenko called out WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia, who is currently moving up to welterweight to fight Errol Spence for the IBF belt in March. With that fight not looking possible any time soon, Loma’s promoter Bob Arum suggested they may try to face the winner of an upcoming Richard Commey vs. Isa Chaniev fight for the vacant IBF lightweight belt.
It seems like Lomachenko is in full on belt unification mode now, perhaps seeing it as the fastest route to fame and pay-per-view riches. We look forward to seeing how that all works out for him in 2019.
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