WBA now WBO, Ukraine’s Lomachenko wins 2nd world lightweight boxing title
By unanimous decision, Ukrainian boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko has won his second world lightweight belt.
Vasiliy Lomachenko is halfway to owning all the world’s major lightweight titles after just two fights, and he’s already eyeing the guy he’d need to beat to get the next one, USA Today reported with reference to the Associated Press. “Of course I want two more belts and maybe we can make next year a fight with Mikey Garcia,” Lomachenko said. He picked up his second lightweight title Saturday night, wearing down Jose Pedraza and winning a unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko (12-1) knocked down Pedraza twice in the 11th round and though he couldn’t finish him, won easily to add the WBO title to the WBA belt he picked up in May during his first fight at 135 pounds.
The three-division champion unified titles within a division for the first time, after moving up to lightweight in May when he knocked out Jorge Linares in the 10th round.Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10369344-ukrainian-boxer-lomachenko-wins-unanimous-decision-for-2nd-lightweight-belt-media-video.html
“It was my dream to unify titles,” Lomachenko said. “It was my next goal. I can now focus on my next chapter.” Lomachenko won one card by a 119-107 rout, while two judges scored it 117-109, as did The Associated Press. It ended his streak of eight straight victories by stoppage but he came close in the 11th, when Pedraza went to a knee to stop an onslaught of punches with about a half-minute left in the round and then went down again after Lomachenko caught him with a body shot.
In his first fight since right shoulder surgery, Lomachenko started cautiously before finding the range with a flurry of combinations in the latter half of the fight to pull away. He tore the labrum in the second round against Linares but said he had no problems with the shoulder Saturday, even though he threw far more lefts.