Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1) has unified the WBA and WBO lightweight titles after a unanimous decision win over Jose Pedraza (25-2).
Lomachenko was not at his best, but he was good enough to lock up a convincing win on the cards at 119-107, 117-109, 117-109.
The Ukrainian didn’t look entirely comfortable early in the fight and that is understandable considering he is months removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
But once he settled in he controlled the fight down the stretch especially in the 11th round when he knocked Pedraza down twice.
In the first fight of the night, a good portion of the world was introduced to the young and dynamic lightweight Teofimo Lopez.
The 21-year-old fighter delivered a devastating knockout in all of 40 seconds to Mason Menard, a veteran of 38 fights.
Lopez (11-0) caught Menard (34-4) a couple of times early and then delivered a huge shot to his opponent’s right temple, ending the bout immediately.
In the second match of the night, mandatory challenger Emanuel Navarrete (26-1) defeated the WBO super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe (20-1) by unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112 and 115-113).
Navarrete hurt Dogboe in the second round and controlled the fight from there on out as the champion’s eyes and lips were swollen for the last several rounds of the fight.
Source: Thomas Lott