NEW YORK — Vasiliy Lomachenko took a while to determine Jose Pedraza out.
However a blistering uppercut adopted by a punishing mixture to the physique was Lomachenko’s method of letting everybody know that his battle IQ was working in real-time, fixing the issue earlier than him in scintillating vogue. He used the punches to attain back-to-back knockdowns of Pedraza within the 11th spherical, paving the best way for a unanimous choice (119-107, 117-109, 117-109) earlier than a soldout crowd on the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis on Saturday evening.
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With the win, Lomachenko captured Pedraza’s WBO title and now owns two of the 4 straps within the light-weight division — with the WBA championship being the opposite.
Here is how the Lomachenko-Pedraza battle went.
(All instances Jap.)
Vasiliy Lomachenko def. Jose Pedraza by unanimous (119-107, 117-109, 117-109) to win WBO light-weight championship and unify titles
Spherical 12: Left hook lands for Lomachenko, as he unleashes a combo seconds later. Pedraza working on fumes, however survives the spherical, figuring out what the result’s going to be. Recreation effort from Pedraza, however Lomachenko working continuous to get inside finally bought the most effective of Pedraza — particularly in that 11th spherical, which he was fortunate to flee on his toes, as a substitute of sprawled out on his again. (117-110)
Spherical 11: Lomachenko rocks Pedraza with a flurry and is opening up a barrage of punches. That is an onslaught, as Lomachenko is displaying his killer intuition. Pedraza’s legs are going. And he is down on one knee. That was a ferocious assault from Loma. A physique shot and Pedraza is down once more! Ref provides him a depend, as he will get up in time and was saved by the bell. Unbelievable spherical for Lomachenko. A blistering proper uppercut scored the primary knockdown. A combo physique shot was chargeable for the second knockdown. Ferocious as might be! Will Loma end the present? (107-101)
Spherical 10: These are the championship rounds that Lomachenko spoke about pushing himself to the sting for. However this 10th spherical tolled and it was Pedraza catching “Hello Tech” with some punishing photographs, comfortably staying on the skin and racking up factors. It is simpler stated than completed in opposition to Lomachenko, however Pedraza ought to by no means cease throwing that jab. It really works. He took the 10th spherical. (97-93)
Spherical 9: Each time it seems to be like Lomachenko is about to totally let his palms go by way of a barrage of photographs, Pedraza counters cleanly and ecapes hazard. This spherical had the most effective sequence of the evening, with Lomachenko letting unfastened on a mixture, solely to get a combo aimed again at him and switch round and ship a second combo to Pedraza’s physique. Good motion. Once more, the nod to Loma. (88-83 Lomachenko)
Spherical eight: It appeared like Lomachenko was starting to claim his will in strolling Pedraza down, however the WBO champ simply retains punching and preventing again with intelligent counters. Lomachenko could be profitable these rounds, however they’re by slim margins. (78-74 Lomachenko)
Spherical 7: That was fascinating — Lomachenko totally prolonged his proper hand to Pedraza’s face to gauge the gap it takes to strike Pedraza. Fascinating that he’d do this within the seventh spherical and never earlier. Moments later, he pushes Pedraza again in opposition to the ropes with a lunging proper jab to the physique. Actual-time battle IQ calculating at work, girls and gents. However Pedraza fought again, scoring photographs of his personal. Shut spherical. Tempted to present it to Pedraza, however awarding it to Lomachenko. May see it as a toss-up, although. (68-65 Lomachenko)
Spherical 6: Lomachenko geese beneath a left and scores with a left hook of his personal. The identical spherical has him slipping much more punches from Pedraza. It seems to be like Lomachenko is determining how you can get inside, rating with lightning-quick punches, whereas not taking an excessive amount of harm from Pedraza. Will Loma’s offense solely get stronger from right here? (58-56 Lomachenko)
Spherical 5: After seemingly butting heads to open the spherical, Pedraza as soon as once more works the jab, creating distance. Lomachenko as soon as once more closes the area, lunging in with a physique shot. Lomachenko doubled up on a jab of his personal, however Pedraza answered again with a pair of stable combos moments later. That jab has opened the lane for Pedraza to throw an uppercut. The Puerto Rican fighter survived a brief flurry from Lomachenko and takes the spherical. This one is shut to date. (48-47 Lomachenko)
Spherical four: It seems to be like there is a lower above Lomachenko’s left eye — one thing to control as this bout progresses. Simply when Pedraza was holding Lomachenko at bay along with his attain and that jab, Lomachenko bought inside on the taller light-weight champion and rocked him again with a stiff proper jab. Three left hooks later and “Hello Tech” has proven Pedraza that he can shut the area between them relatively rapidly. (39-37 Lomachenko)
Spherical Three: A spherical that was dominated by each fighters attempting to foyer for place, and exchanging photographs that had been futile, rapidly took a flip when Loma landed a brief left uppercut that pushed Pedraza again. Lomachenko’s spherical by the slightest. (29-28 Lomachenko)
Spherical 2: Pedraza’s jab sneaks by Loma’s protection early within the spherical. It is going to be fascinating to see if he may proceed to claim the punch and his attain benefit all through the battle. Pedraza is countering effectively, too, touchdown a mixture to the physique following a Lomachenko miss. The Puerto Rican champ will get the spherical by a slim margin. (19-19)
Spherical 1: Chants of “Lomachenko” rain down, as this battle begins. Each fighters starting the bout, feeling one another out. A blistering left from Lomachenko actually simply let Pedraza know the way lightning-quick the palms of his opponent are. (10-9 Lomachenko)
11:34 p.m.: Two rousing ring entrances have this sold-out crowd at Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard dropping it, earlier than the primary occasion begins. The Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jose Pedraza title unification bout is upon us.
Emanuel Navarrete def. Isaac Dogboe by unanimous choice (115-113, 116-112, 116-112)
Spherical 12: Each fighters play it protected over the primary minute, earlier than Navarrete exploded with a lunging left hook that despatched Dogboe crashing up in opposition to the ropes. Dogboe seems to be to be simply attempting to get by on satisfaction and fumes at this level. This spherical has been all Navarrete. He did sufficient — particularly over these championship rounds — to take Dogboe’s title. Dogboe positively did not get near seeing his prediction of a fourth KO in 4 fights come to fruition in any respect. Not even shut. He threw every thing he had at Navarrete, who absorbed all of it and stored dishing ache of his personal. (114-112 Navarrete)
A FIGHT ‘TIL THE FINISH! #LomaPedraza pic.twitter.com/YJqPgjISgd
— High Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 9, 2018
Spherical 11: Navarrete’s uppercut has been a harmful weapon on this battle, as he used the punch to do harm a number of instances within the spherical. For all of the harm to the physique that he has endured, Navarrete exacted some revenge with some physique work of his personal, together with a crunching proper hook that positively had Dogboe grimacing. Navarrete is one powerful fighter. The 11th spherical had Dogboe slip in the identical spot he slipped in throughout the 10th spherical and each fighters fall to the bottom earlier than the waning seconds. Clearly Navarrete’s spherical, although. And by a large margin. How will this one finish? (104-104)
Spherical 10: A left-right combo to the physique and a stiff proper hand land for Dogboe, however Navarrete retains preventing, touchdown photographs of his personal. Dogboe hits the canvas, nevertheless it was dominated a slip. Nonetheless, Navarrete capitalized with some laborious uppercuts that nailed the champ flush within the chin. Moments later, Navarrete lands with a lunging proper hand. That was Navarrete’s spherical, as he poured on the offense with a barrage of punches to finish the body. (96-94 Dogboe)
Spherical 9: The audible pop any time Dogboe lands a left is evident. One level within the spherical had Dogboe dropping Navarrete, though it wasn’t dominated a knockdown and a depend wasn’t administered. The ref motioned to Dogboe to watch out about punching behind the pinnacle. Quite unbothered, Dogboe let Navarrete come ahead and countered him successfully at some point of the spherical. (87-84 Dogboe)
Spherical eight: “Royal Storm” with a barrage of physique photographs, earlier than opening up his offense and rocking Navarrete’s jaw with every thing from jabs to hooks. Dogboe walked Navarrete down like a person on a mission that spherical. The “Neho” chants are positively getting stronger and louder from Dogboe’s nook. A left to the physique adopted by a sweeping proper hand was a factor of magnificence proper earlier than the spherical ended. (77-75 Dogboe)
Spherical 7: A left-right hook combo to the physique appeared to have damage Navarrete early within the spherical. And Dogboe pours it on sufficient to have Navarrete backtracking for a number of moments throughout the body. Dogboe works the physique voraciously and fights greater than his 5-2 body suggests he would possibly. (67-66 Dogboe)
Spherical 6: Navarrete has been knocking on the door this whole battle to this point and his efforts paid off this spherical, as he was lastly capable of catch Dogboe a number of instances. Strong spherical of labor from Navarrete. Is the tide turning or will Dogboe re-assert management of the battle subsequent spherical? (57-57)
Spherical 5: Navarrete throwing loads of punches now, however not touchdown sufficient of them, as Dogboe has been doing a superb job of ducking, dodging and slipping many of the punches aimed toward his head and physique. Nonetheless, Navarrete takes the spherical for being the aggressor over three minutes. (48-47 Dogboe)
Spherical four: Dogboe scores with a lunging lead left to start out the spherical and stored the offense going with a crunching left hook to the physique adopted by a left hook to rock Navarrete’s chin. Navarrete is catching Dogboe with punches and counterpunches, however by quantity, and the truth that the smaller Dogboe has been strolling him down, spells that the Ghanaian boxer is in agency management of this one. (39-37 Dogboe)
Spherical Three: A left to the physique and a proper cross knocked Navarrete again, however the Mexican fighter appears to have a robust chin as a result of he got here again to rock Dogboe with a few photographs simply seconds later. That was a better spherical — one we’d simply narrowly award to Navarrete. (29-28 Dogboe)
Spherical 2: Dogboe launched the uppercut for the primary time on this bout and adopted it up with a robust proper. The second spherical had Navarrete pursuing Dogboe for a lot of the body, nonetheless, he missed extra punches than he threw. Dogboe was nonetheless the cleaner, more practical puncher in that spherical. (20-18 Dogboe)
Spherical 1: Dogboe units the tone early, ferociously attacking the physique with proper and left hooks, even utilizing the punches to knock Navarrete again in opposition to the ropes at one level. At 5-2 in peak, Dogboe is clearly the aggressor. In the course of the last 10 seconds of the spherical, Navarrete gambled on a giant hook and Dogboe made him pay with a hook of his personal, checking the Mexican fighter’s chin. (10-9 Dogboe)
10:00 p.m.: The chants of “Neho!” are raining down from Dogboe’s nook, as he is set to defend his title.
9:50 p.m.: Up subsequent, Isaac Dogboe places his junior featherweight strap on the road in opposition to Emanuel Navarrete. Like Lopez, Dogboe has all of the instruments and charisma to be boxing’s subsequent brilliant star. Predicting him to be a fan-favorite right here.
9:40 p.m.: Tracy Morgan and Triple H are right here in attendance, with every getting a pleasant pop from the New York Metropolis crowd. Morgan likes Lomachenko tonight.
.@RealTracyMorgan’s bought @VasylLomachenko tonight. How ‘bout you? #LomaPedraza pic.twitter.com/UJjwXl9AOD
— High Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 9, 2018
9:35 p.m.: “Every little thing I say, I do,” Lopez stated within the ring following his lightning-quick KO. “The ‘Takeover’ has begun.” Lopez stated that earlier than putting the Heisman pose. The boxing abilities with the swagger … oh yeah, you possibly can see Lopez quickly climbing up the ranks and changing into a boxing star.
9:30 p.m.: Dynamite in his palms! Teofimo Lopez simply knocked out Mason Menard with a vicious proper hook 44 seconds into the primary spherical of their bout and did not even break a sweat doing it. The way in which Menard fell was scary. The punch had him slept whereas standing, earlier than he slowly fell face first to the canvas. Lopez celebrated the fast victory with a backflip. And similar to that, we see why Lopez is so extremely touted. Rattling, that KO was devastating. Ring it up as a candidate for KO of the yr … it was that chilly.
WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. #TheTakeover#LomaPedraza pic.twitter.com/xVPMXoHE8o
— High Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 9, 2018
9:24 p.m.: Promising 21-year-old Teofimo Lopez (10-Zero, eight KOs) is making his method into the ring proper now to face veteran Mason Menard (34-Three, 24 KOs) in a 10-round light-weight bout to kick off this most important card. Lopez has been touted as a prospect to observe, so let’s have a look at if he can go his newest check. The Brooklyn native popping out to DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem.”
9:00 p.m.: The intense lights of ESPN are on right here on the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard, with the Lomachenko-Pedraza most important card about to start.
eight:51 p.m.: The undercard is a wrap and the primary card is about to go reside on ESPN. Listed here are the undercard outcomes:
Brian Ceballo def. Daniel Calzada by unanimous choice; Welterweight
Alexander Besputin def. Juan Carlos Abreu by way of unanimous choice; Welterweight
Josue Vargas def. John Renteria by fifth-round TKO; Junior Welterweight
Abdiel Ramirez def. Michael Perez by way of eighth-round TKO; Light-weight
Guido Vianello def. Luke Lyons by second-round; Heavyweight
eight:37 p.m.: We’re on the final battle of the undercard, earlier than the Lomachenko-Pedraza most important card begins right here on the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard and reside on ESPN. Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is right here, sitting ringside.
Lomachenko vs. Pedraza most important card
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza; WBA/WBO light-weight title unification (most important occasion)
- Isaac Dogboe vs. Emanuel Navarrete for Dogboe’s WBO junior featherweight title (co-main occasion)
- Teofimo Lopez Jr. vs. Mason Menard; Light-weight
- Alexander Besputin vs. Juan Carlos Abreu; Welterweight
- Josue Vargas vs. John Renteria; Junior Welterweight
- Michael Perez vs. Abdiel Ramirez; Light-weight
- Guido Vianello vs. Luke Lyons; Heavyweight
- Brian Ceballo vs. Daniel Calzada, four or 6 rounds, welterweights
Lomachenko vs. Pedraza newest information
– Vasiliy Lomachenko’s race to unify titles and show he is boxing’s pound-for-pound greatest. Lomachenko speaks with Sporting Information about pushing himself to extremes to get the outcomes he wishes.
– Jose Pedraza pulled off a giant upset in his final battle. Can he make it two in a row? The Puerto Rican light-weight champion talks with Sporting Information about silencing his doubters.
– Lomachenko vs. Pedraza battle time, how you can watch and reside stream.
– Isaac Dogboe will probably be bringing a slice of his Ghanaian tradition to Madison Sq. Backyard. The WBO junior featherweight champion speaks with Sporting Information about utilizing his boxing profession as a car for change along with his humanitarian work.