Lopez Defeats Lomachenko
Newly crowned undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) was victorious in winning a hard fought unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) Saturday night at the "Bubble" from the MGM Grand Conference Center, and as Lopez became the youngest undisputed champion at the age of 23.
Lopez was the aggressor early in the fight taking it to Lomachenko as the two-time world champion did not get going till the second half of the fight. Lomachenko connected well on the inside as Lopez's left eye swelled up. The fight appeared to be closer in the later rounds however Lopez finished strong in closing the fight. However the judges had it by a wider margins 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112.
South El Monte's junior welterweight unbeaten Arnold Barboza Jr. (25-0, 10 KOs) notched the most significant win of his career, surviving a knockdown to defeat former world title challenger Alex "El Cholo" Saucedo (30-2, 19 KOs) via 10-round unanimous decision.
Super middleweight destroyer Edgar "The Chosen One" Berlanga knocked out Lanell Bellows in 79 seconds, the 15th first-round knockout to begin his career. Bellows (20-6-3, 13 KOs).
Jr. Welterweight: Josue Vargas (18-1, 9 KOs) UD 10 Kendo Castaneda (17-3, 8 KOs). Scores: 100-89, 99-91, 98-90. Vargas graduated to contender status with a one-sided domination over Castaneda, who was coming off a competitive decision loss to Jose "Chon" Zepeda. He has won 12 straight fights since a disqualification defeat.
Featherweight: Jose Enrique Vivas (20-1, 11 KOs) TKO 1 John Vincent Moralde (23-4, 13 KOs), 1:16. Vivas blitzed Moralde, knocking down the Filipino contender twice en route to the early stoppage. The second knockdown was a body blow that prompted referee Celestino Ruiz to halt the fight without a count.
Welterweight: Quinton Randall (7-0, 2 KOs) UD 6 Jan Carlos Rivera (4-1, 4 KOs). Scores: 58-56 2X and 59-55. In a battle of unbeatens, Randall swept the last four rounds on two of the judges' scorecards to prevail.
Welterweight: Jahi Tucker (2-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Charles Garner (1-1). Scores: 40-36, 3X. The 17-year-old Tucker, who scored a first-round knockout in his professional debut last month, went the distance and cruised to a decision win.