Published: 13:42 | 19/10/20

Lopez: 'I expected more' from Loma


New undisputed world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez says he "expected more" from Vasily Lomachenko following his unanimous points victory over the Ukranian in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Lomachenko, already rated as a potential pound-for-pound great despite only having 14 fights under his belt, was a strong favourite going into the bout but had no answer to the New Yorker's power and aggression.

All three judges gave the fight to Lopez as he added the WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles to his IBF crown to become the youngest four-belt champion in boxing history at just 23.

Speaking after the fight, Lopez said:   “A lot of people were talking highly about him and I expected more,” he said. 

“Basic. It was pretty basic, honestly. Maybe it was the 14-month layoff that did it, I don’t know. But I had 10 months laid off, so why does it matter? I fought the guy that everybody says is the pound-for-pound (best).”    

“This is the new generation,” he said. “We’re bringing back what the old school was. Fight the best and you push on it. I’m not here to pick and choose who I want to fight because I want to defend my title and keep that ‘O’. No. And now, who knows how my figures are going to go up after this.

“Everyone wants to be like Mayweather. In order to be like Mayweather, you got to be like Pretty Boy first. 

"You go to fight those guys where people don’t think you’ll win. You got to fight the likes of those guys that are undefeated and it’s a good fight in order to make those types of millions that people want to make.”

Lomachenko took issue with the perceived margin of victory, but said he would have to go home and review the fight before deciding on his next move with talk of a re-match beginning within seconds of the final bell. 

“I think in the first half of the fight, he got more rounds than I did,” Lomachenko said afterwards. 

“But then in the second half of the fight, I took it over and I was much better. I want to go home and to review the fight to see. I can’t comment right now much about it. But I definitely am not agreeing with the scorecards.” 

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