Lomachenko beats Pedraza to unify lightweight belts

Lomachenko beats Pedraza to unify lightweight belts

Ukraine's Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion who had never before unified two titles in the same class, knocked down Pedraza twice in an explosive 11th round.

But the brilliant Lomachenko can now check that box off his bucket list.

In a dominant win, Lomachenko looked dominant throughout and eventually became the pound-for-pound king at Madison Square Garden by unanimous decision but many praised the courage of Pedraza. Pedraza answered back in the second, however, sneaking inside and landing a couple of uppercuts to the body of Lomachenko.

Lomachenko was not at his best, but he was good enough to lock up a convincing win on the cards at 119-107, 117-109 and 117-109.

The 30-year-old Lomachenko started off slow, taking his time and finding his range as he is fighting for the first time since undergoing surgery earlier this year.

The fight lasted all 12 rounds following the results of which the Ukrainian won a unanimous decision.

"Two more belts, and maybe we can make in the next year a fight with Mikey Garcia".

In late October, promoter Lomachenko called who prevents a fight with Garcia.

On Saturday, December 8, in the ring Madison Square Garden in NY was fighting for the title of world champion under versions WBA and WBO lightweight title between the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (12 wins, 9 of them by Ko, 1 defeat) and Jose Pedrosoi from Puerto Rico (25 wins, 12 of them by knockout, 2 losses).

"Pedraza is very good, a true warrior". "This title represents sacrifice".

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