Tephimo Lopez Jr. vs. Vasily Lomchenko Result, Takehives: Lopez Speaks Early as ‘Loma’ Clash

In the biggest boxing fight since the global COVID-19 pandemic, Teofimo Lopez Jr. won a light world title unification bout against Vasily Lomchenko in a very shocking upset. The general thinking ahead of the fight was that Lopez could defeat Lomchenko by knockout, Lomchenko being the better “pure” boxer in the fight.

Instead, Lopez won a comprehensive decision as Lomachenko slowly came out of the gate, scoring goals from the jump and giving his younger, more dynamic and naturally bigger opponent an early lead. In the end, Lopez walked away with the WBA, IBF and WBO Mild World Championships, while Lomchenko remains surprised at how his gameplan is coming into the fight and will eventually change the biggest fight of his career.

Here are three big takeaways from the massive light integration battle that saw Lopez establish himself as an individual among the sports elite.

Lomchenko shot himself in the leg

One of the standard talking points about Lomachenko is that he is willing to score one or two goals to “download” the data on his opponent. It is not unique to Lomchenko and is, in fact, very specific to elite boxers. However, what he could not do against Lopez was to actually give half of the fight against the elite opponent. Lopez is not just “some rival”, he is a rare, elite talent who, despite being just 23 years old, was ready to face off with arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

So, when Lopez scored round after round in the first half of the fight, it appeared that Lomachenko was allowing him to finish the biggest fight of his career. During a unification fight on ESPN, Lomachenko was unloading single-digit punches after the round, while the young stud was able to ease into a fight under the brightest lights he had yet seen. There is an elite boxer who wants to find his opponent, and is laying an egg while the world is watching. Unfortunately for Lomchenko, his performance fell into the latter category.

Lopez talked about things for years

It is hard to get out of a situation where you – and your great father – have spent years talking trash and pound-for-pound greats about how you have their number. Coming low with poor performance is the kind of thing that is difficult to rebound. Had Lopez been momentarily overwhelmed, or perceived by someone who was arguably the best fighter in the game, it would have been hard to come back from years of big talk, re-joining Lopez in a possible boxing version of Brian Quart.

But Lopez did not appear overwhelmed by this moment. When Lomchenko was ready to pull off the opening round, Lopez happily scored. When Lomachenko came late in the final third of the fight, Lopez gave a huge round 12, showing that he could compete with the best when it mattered most. It was a huge performance for Lopez in the biggest moments as he controlled the story of his career and defeated Lomchenko without a doubt.

Let’s hold on to a rematch

Boxing in one place never fails to shoot itself in the foot, holding an endless rematch. Tyson Rage and Donte Wilder have spent a 2020 dance around a completely unnecessary rematch, with more compelling fights available. There is no doubt that Lopez defeated Lomchenko. We can play “What if?” Game about Lomchenko choosing to step up and fight in the first bout. However, they did not do so. He gave a round to a small enemy who had spent time running down them. This is not an effort that calls for an immediate rematch.

For all the talk on the broadcast of the fight for the “four belts”, Lopez vs. Lomchenko had a fight for three of the four recognized world championships in the lightweight. Lopez was quick to call WBC champion Devin Hanney after his win. Lopez battling Hanapi to unite all four recognized World Championships will be a very interesting and meaningful fight. Let Lomchenko fight for a title shot – consider it austerity to lightly round out other elites under the brightest light in the “pandemic era” of boxing. The last requirement is that the need of the game is once again dragged by the propagandist Shennigan.