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The criminal Lomachenko is upstairs. Lopez has declassified superstar and is poised to become an absolute

Date: April 21, 2024 Time: 20:04:20

The criminal Lomachenko is upstairs. Lopez has declassified superstar and is poised to become an absolute

Igor Nekrasov June 11, 2023, 10:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Teofimo showed boxing at the highest level.

In New York (USA), a large-scale professional boxing evening was held at Madison Square Garden. In the main event of the tournament, there was a WBO light-welterweight (up to 63.5 kg) world title fight between British title holder Josh Taylor and former undisputed lightweight (up to 61.2 kg) world champion. kg) Teofimo Lopez.

Teofimo had a brilliant career in the lightweight division. With a 15-0 record, he went to the legendary Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko and made a splash by taking Lomachenko’s belts and becoming the undisputed world champion. True, a year later, Lopez lost the titles, losing to Australian George Kambosos, after which he decided to change the weight class. In the light welterweight division, Teófimo defeated Pedro Campa and Sandor Martín and, naturally, earned a title shot against Josh Taylor.

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Taylor had a perfect record of 19 wins from 19 fights. In May 2021, he became the undisputed light middleweight world champion, managing to defend his title once, but then losing three of four belts due to his refusal to enter new defenses.

In the initial rounds of the battle, the champion had the initiative. Josh took advantage of the height and shot hard at Lopez from a distance. Taylor used a lot of the jab to launch attacks, followed by powerful long shots. Teófimo, on the other hand, tried to deceive, get ahead of the champion and work in series. Interestingly, by the fourth round, each of them was on the ground, but in both cases, the referee did not count the knockdown. Late in the fourth round, López hooked the champion, but there was not enough time to finish off. Taylor was saved by a gong.

The Briton managed to recover, but López felt confident in his own abilities. In the fifth and sixth rounds, Teófimo began to attack more on his own, occupying more of the center of the ring and throwing many more punches. Josh, on the other hand, slid on singles, pretty much giving up combination work.

After losing the fifth and sixth rounds, the champion briefly picked up the pace. Josh, like at the beginning of the fight, started to apply pressure, more involved in power shots. Lopez still moved well and worked with explosive runs. At the end of the seventh round, the boxers hacked to death in the center of the ring, showing that they had no intention of retiring. Taylor was clearly inferior to his opponent in speed, Lopez at some points easily evading the champion’s attacks, while hitting Taylor again and again. Late in the eighth round, Teofimo effectively punched into a jump, drawing a standing ovation from the audience.

At times, Taylor intercepted the lead and worked as the first number, hitting hard shots. But there was a feeling that Lopez gave the center of the ring on purpose. As soon as Josh was carried away by the attack, Teofimo exploded and powerfully hit the champion. In the ninth round, Lopez had two excellent combinations, after which Taylor leaned back against the ropes and barely stayed on her feet. At the same time, Lopez was in no hurry to finish off the opponent, acting carefully.

Taylor did not understand how to act against the challenger. Lopez beat him to it and frankly cut him off. Josh tried to take the pressure and constant pressure, but Teofimo’s footwork was a delight. At times, the British acted dirty, trying to anger the rival, but López did not react to this.

In the final rounds, the challenger still looked fresher and faster. Lopez’s uppercuts were on target throughout the entire fight. In the 11th round, Teofimo again nearly knocked the champion down twice, after powerful uppercuts from Lopez, he barely stayed on his feet. The final round was also dictated by the challenger. In the last seconds of the rounds, Teofimo simply beat the opponent, showing that he is much better prepared for this fight. At the end of 12 rounds, the judges gave Teofimo López the victory: 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111. Thus, Teofimo became the new WBO light welterweight world champion.

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