Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza Fight Card Results

WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko wanted to unify lightweight world titles. After 12 rounds, he got his wish, although WBO champion Jose Pedraza sure didn’t make it easy and halted Lomachenko’s eight-bout knockout streak in the process.

Lomachenko (12-1 9 KOs,) defeated Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,312 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden to unify world titles for the first time in his illustrious career.

Scores were 119-107 and 117-109 2X.

“It was my dream to unify titles,” Lomachenko said. “It was my next goal. I can now focus on my next chapter.

“He’s a veteran. He did a very good job, and I respect Pedraza and his team.”

Said Pedraza: “I am happy with my performance tonight. I went 12 rounds with the best fighter in the world. I knew what we were going up against. I thought it was a close fight until the knockdowns. At the end of the day, I am proud of what I did.”

It was tactical fight, as Pedraza’s long arms kept Lomachenko at bay for much of the night. In the 11th round, Lomachenko, turned up the heat, scoring a pair of body shot knockdowns as Pedraza barely survived the round.

For Lomachenko, it’s on to the next challenge.

In the co-feature, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe looked to make the second defense of his WBO Junior Featherweight world title against Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete.

Dogboe snatched the title from Jessie Magdaleno back in April and defended it in August with a first-round knockout over Hidenori Otake.

Unfortunately for Dogboe, he ran into a young and hungry fighter from Mexico who was determined to not go home empty handed.

In the end, Navarrete earned a unanimous decision victory to snatch the WBO title.

In the televised opener, unbeaten Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez continued his fast rise to the top with a vicious first-round knockout of battled-tested veteran, Mason Menard.

In a special attraction on ESPN+, 2016 Italian Olympian Guido Vianello made his pro debut against Luke Lyons in a six-round Heavyweight clash.

Vianello made a successful debut, scoring a two knockdowns and getting the stoppage in Round 2.


Photo by Marilyn Paulino/RBRBoxing

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