‘In Championship Rounds, It’s 2–1’ – Vasyl Lomachenko Breaks Down His Fight Against Teofimo Lopez

Published 06/22/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko punches Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


Vasyl Lomachenko doesn’t appear to have moved on from his title loss against Teofimo Lopez, which many see as a controversial decision, especially ‘The Matrix’ himself. Lomachenko believes the outcome could have gone either way. Although Lopez outclassed him frequently, the Ukrainian legend has shed a different perception on the whole fight.

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Ahead of his comeback against Masayoshi Nakatani this weekend, Lomachenko has looked back at his last fight. He revealed how judges only saw the 12 round to determine the winner and ‘Loma’ didn’t seem happy about it. He spoke with Top Rank and addressed the issue.

“I understand the judges, it’s a very fast fight. They are see a pressure in the 12 round. They are see all picture in this round. Okay, I lose 12 round, Okay, but in championship rounds it’s 2-1,” said Vasyl Lomachenko.

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Meanwhile, ‘The Matrix’ has demanded a rematch since losing that fight. However, Teofimo Lopez didn’t bother to respond and went ahead to defend the lightweight belts against Gere Kambosos Jr., a fight yet to happen. So, it left Lomachenko without a title-contest. However, he is still relevant in the championship ride and is just a win away from claiming the shot.

Hence, it also opens the door to a rematch between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez. On defending his titles successfully against Kambosos Jr, ‘Take Over’ would add another big name to his resume. Meanwhile, Vasyl Lomachenko can also climb the ladder pretty fast. While the second meeting can see a different outcome to the display, here’s a recap of the first fight.

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Lopez and Lomachenko unleashed one of the biggest fights of 2020 by squaring off against each other. As both men showcased their sheer skill and power, they had enough moments in the fight where one overpowered the other. Lomachenko successfully dominated Lopez in the middle rounds.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko fights Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

However, the later rounds saw the tables turn as Teofimo Lopez could crack Lomachenko’s impeccable defense. Going for all 12 rounds, both men had given everything inside the ring. But the judges looked at the final stage of the fight and concluded Lopez as the winner with 116-112, 119-109, and 117-111 in Lopez’s favor. That said, Vasyl Lomachenko suffered the second loss of his pro career and departed without the last laugh.

Do you think Teofimo Lopez vs Vasyl Lomachenko 2 should happen?

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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