Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Teofimo Lopez in a lightweight unification match on Saturday night in Las Vegas

Arguably the biggest fight of the calendar year takes place on Saturday night in Las Vegas between WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO champion, Vasyl Lomachenko and unbeaten IBF champion Teofimo Lopez in one of the most even global contests in recent years.

The fight is being promoted by Top Rank and the action will begin from 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ and on FITE TV in the UK.

Lomachenko has a record of (15-1) and will be looking to fight off the incoming threat of undefeated rising star Lopez (15-0) and the pair last met in the ring after Lopez defeated Richard Comney in December 2019 and gained his strap after an explosive second round stoppage.

Here are the results from the huge lightweight unifcation clash:

 

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez for Lomachenko's WBO and WBA Lightweight titles and Lopez's IBF Lightweight title:

Result: Teofimo Lopez defeats Vasyl Lomachenko by unanimous decision to become the unified lightweight champion of the world over 12 rounds.

The first round began at a tentative pace with both Lopez and Lomachenko looking to land their early shots, with the Ukranian using his light footwork and fast movement early on with Lopez taking the centre of the ring.

Lomachenko continued to find his distance in the second round and landed a neat over the top combination at the end of the second round to begin to feel his way into the contest.

The third, fourth and fifth round followed a similar pattern with Lopez continuing to make in-roads into the Lomachenko skillset and maintaining his bright start to the contest. Lomachenko continued to struggle with the presence of Lopez in the ring and the American continued to land the more signifcant scoring blows.

Lopez continued to land the better shots through the sixth and seventh, maintaining his control as the more offensive and active fighter, while using his strength and size well to dominate the exchanges.

The Ukranian champion finally began to try and probe into the Lopez control and let his hands go countering well in the exchanges and making a claim to win the eighth round.

In the ninth round, Lomachenko continued to attempt to reverse the control of the fight landing a swift combination appearing to wobble Lopez who managed to ease his way back into the fight without any real damage done, as the three-weight world champion began to take control of the later rounds.

As the championship rounds approached, Lomachenko and Lopez continued to play a chess game in the exchanges with Lopez's positive work on the inside facing off against Lomachenko's neat counter-punching and more intense pressure towards the latter stages.

 

Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Alex Saucedo: junior welterweights

Result: Arnold Barboza Jr defeated Alex Saucedo by unanimous decision and becomes the new WBO junior welterweight champion, landing the more damaging shots throughout the fight.

The fight began with some heavy shots from both camps with both fighters keen to take the centre of the ring and attempt to land with Barboza throwing the larger amount of combinations to try and gain a foothold early on.

Alex Saucedo scored the first knockdown of the bout in the seventh round after the decision was overturned from a slip to a knockdown later by the officials. However the Mexican continued to take a large amount of damage with Barboza continuing to edge ahead on the scorecards as a result of some excellent counter-punching and heavy handed shots.

In an extremely close final round, both fighters landed some huge shots with Barboza continuing to inflict the most damaging shot on his Mexican counterpart.

 

Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows, super middleweights

Undefeated Edgar Berlanga completed his 15th straight first round stoppage victory over Lanell Bellows in the MGM Bubble.

Berlanga came flying out of the blocks trying to be the aggressor as always and caught Bellows with an early overarm right opening a cut, and leading to a complete barrage of shots on the ropes before the referee called an early end to the contest.

 

Josue Vargas vs. Kendo Castaneda; Junior Welterweight

Josue Vargas picks up the decision win over Kendo Castaneda at the MGM Bubble.

Castaneda struggled in the early stages of the fight and was knocked down in round two with a swift right hand and also faced a potentially broken nose in the third once again facing some heavy shots from the confident Vargas.

Later in the fight Vargas continued to press on and take the fight to Castaneda, landing a sweet shot to add further injury to Castaneda cutting his lip and giving Castaneda it all to do in the championship rounds.

The American could not make up the ground on the scorecards in the latter stages of the fight, continuing to eye up that one stiff shot to end the fight by way of stoppage.

 

Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas vs. John Vincent Moralde; Featherweight

Jose Vivas wins the fight via an explosive first round stoppage over John Vincent Moralde to take his record to (20-1) at Featherweight.

The Mexican came flying out of the blocks from the first bell, landing a body shot during a period of wrestling on the ropes which sent Moralde tumbling to the ground. Landing several more stiff shots immediately upon the restart of the fight, Moralde was sent crashing to the canvas with another left hook and the referee called the fight to a halt.

 

Quinton Randall vs. Jan Carlos Rivera; Welterweight

Quinton Randall produced a dominant display against former olympian Jan Carlos Rivera to win via unanimous decision and maintain his unbeaten record as a welterweight.

 

Jahi Tucker vs. Charles Garner; Welterweight

Jahi Tucker wins by unanimous decision against Charles Garner in a relatively even contest in the first fight of the night, where a clash of heads was the highlight of a tactical battle between two similar stylistic fighters.

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