Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza

Vasiliy Lomachenko Jose Pedraza

Vasiliy Lomachenko Jose Pedraza

Vasyl Lomachenko took Jose Pedraza's WBO lightweight belt with a unanimous points victory at Madison Square Garden in NY.

Vasiliy Lomachenko added the World Boxing Organization lightweight world title to his World Boxing Association belt with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jose Pedraza on Saturday.

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.

This is the first fight for Lomachenko since he captured the WBA lightweight belt back in May by stopping Jorge Linares, and also marks his return from shoulder surgery.

After the bout, two-division world champion Lomachenko declared himself satisfied with his performance, and said he hoped to set up a champion versus champion bout against WBC champion Mikey Garcia, who is scheduled to step up to challenge Errol Spence for the IBF welterweight title in March next year. "I can now focus on my next chapter". In the end, one judge had it 119-107 and two judges had it 117-109.

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It ended his streak of eight straight victories by stoppage but he came close in the 11th, when Pedraza went to a knee to stop an onslaught of punches with about a half-minute left in the round and then went down again after Lomachenko caught him with a body shot. He tore the labrum in the second round against Linares but said he had no problems with the shoulder Saturday, even though he threw far more lefts.

"I am happy. I moved a little closer to my dream, to my goal", said Lomachenko.

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

The Game gave a quick word to Top Rank Boxing's Twitter and picked Lomachenko to win the bout in the ninth or 10th round.

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