Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) dominated Jose Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) tonight and lifted his WBO title in the process.
Lomachenko is now a unified world champion in the Lightweight division. For as big of a underdog as Pedraza was he put on a valiant effort.
Most of the action was dictated by Lomachenko. His speed, defensive acumen and offensive ability were on full display.
However, his opponent had his moments. Most notably in the 10th round. Pedraza landed clean shots on the pound-for-pound star and took control of the round.
Lomachenko even nodded his head in approval as if to say, “those were some good shots.”
That moment of success did not last long for Pedraza as Loma absolutely dominated the 11th.
Two knockdowns and long flurries that were unanswered by Pedraza forced him to take a knee. It’s a testament to Pedraza’s heart as to how he survived that onslaught.
In the end all three judges scored the bout for Loma. The scorecards were 119-109 and two scores of 117-109 all for Loma.
As for what can be next for the new unified champion his answer was clear.
“I want two more belts and maybe next year we can make a fight with Mikey Garcia,” said Lomachenko.
The problem with his analysis is will he actually get the other champions to step inside the ring with him after yet another dominant performance. It doesn’t seem likely.
The surgically repaired shoulder did not seem to affect him in anyway either.
The 2018 year is closed for Lomachenko, but 2019 looks like it will hold even bigger and better fights for the Ukrainian star.