Vasiliy Lomachenko Dominates Jose Pedraza to Unify Lightweight Titles

By Mike Sloan Dec 8, 2018

Vasiliy Lomachenko proved once again why he is considered among the current greats in the sport of boxing.

Lomachenko dominated Jose Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) for 12 rounds at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night, and he nearly scored another stoppage along the way. “Hi-Tech” used a tactical approach to outbox the Puerto Rican throughout their ESPN-televised encounter and wound up winning a lopsided unanimous decision.

The duel was largely a one-sided and relatively uneventful affair until the 11th round, where Lomachenko dropped his foe twice. Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) pelted Pedraza with a pair of vicious body shots in said stanza -- similar to the one that felled Jorge Linares in May -- but Pedraza was able to beat the count both times. The Ukrainian pugilist couldn’t put “Sniper” away, though, snapping his eight-fight knockout streak.

All three ringside judges favored Lomachenko with scores of 117-109. The win allowed the two-time Olympic gold medalist to not only retain his WBA lightweight title but also add Pedraza’s WBO crown.

After the fight, Lomachenko said his goal to unify the 135-pound titles was complete and that now it’s time for the next chapter in his career. That led many boxing observers to speculate that the three-division world champion will move up to junior welterweight in his next bout, though Lomachenko wouldn’t specify.


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