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Vasiliy Lomachenko defeats Jos Pedraza to unify lightweight titles C?simply because it happened



Vasiliy Lomachenko, right, outpointed Jos Pedraza to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight titles on Saturday night in The big apple.
Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images


Bryan Armen Graham
at Madison Square Garden in New York


@bryanagraham

Sun 9 Dec 2018 00.52?EST

First published on Sat 8 Dec 2018 21.35?EST

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  • 12.33am EST
    00:33
    Vasiliy Lomachenko beats Jos Pedraza using a unanimous decision!


  • 12.24am EST
    00:24
    Pedraza down twice inside the 11th!


  • 11.03pm EST
    23:03
    Emanuel Navarrete upsets Isaac Dogboe to the WBO junior featherweight title!




12.52am EST
00:52

That’s all for tonight. Thanks of course for following as well as us and ensure to check out the full report below.

Vasiliy Lomachenko overwhelms Jos Pedraza late to unify lightweight titles

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12.40am EST
00:40

“He’s a true warrior,” Lomachenko says of Pedraza. “He did a decent job. Thus respect Pedraza and Pedraza’s team. Very good job.”

The three-division world champion, who improved to 11-1 being a professional, is asked who he’d plan to fight next: Mikey Garcia is the answer. Is sensible. Lomachenko now sports ths WBA and WBO titles at lightweight. Garcia supports the WBC title and owned the IBF strap as yet, when he vacated it by taking the Errol Spence Jr fight at Cowboys Stadium in March, that’s already appearing like the very best fight of your spring.


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12.33am EST
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Vasiliy Lomachenko beats Jos Pedraza by a unanimous decision!

Lomachenko has unified the WBO and WBA lightweight titles by the unanimous verdict. The ringside judges passed countless 119-107, 117-109 and 117-109. A lttle bit steeper than our unofficial 116-110 score although the correct decision without a doubt.

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12.28am EST
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Round 12

Lomachenko clearly wants a knockout. The blinding in-and-out movement, the hand speed: it is simply incredible Pedraza is in the fight. And in your struggle he is! An attractive combination towards the body from the Pedraza. But Lomachenko is on another level. He’s throwing more, he’s landing more. He appears to be he may another 12 rounds currently, picking his punches when necessary. This wasn’t Lomachenko’s best night. Not even close it. But he’s gonna win a light-weight title unification fight disappearing.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 116-110 Pedraza)


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12.24am EST
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Pedraza down twice while in the 11th!

Round 11

Into the championship rounds. And Loma has Pedraza hurt in the the round! He’s hurt which has a body shot! The group is on their own feet and Loma is opening up to the head and the body. Pedraza refuses to hold on tight! He is not throwing back all of which will the referee stop it? Loma landing shots to your head and the entire body. Oh my! Will the referee steer clear of the fight? And eventually Pedraza falls one knee, felled by a body shot. He beats the count. The referee seems satisfied and Loma is originating in for the kill. Extraordinary composure by Lomachenko and he’s opening up again. Pedraza go into reverse! He’s up at nine and he’s saved by the bell! Oh wow!

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-7 Pedraza (Lomachenko 106-101 Pedraza)

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12.19am EST
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Round 10

Pedraza still in the fight. Above inside fight. He’s catching Lomachenko in the process in and landing a handful of hooks on the body in combination. He’s tagged Loma by having an uppercut and so i ponder whether that’s hurt the smaller man. Lomachenko throwing countless landing more but he’s popped and he’s taking a great number of punches. Well, how about this. A specific, compelling round to your underdog.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 9-10 Pedraza (Lomachenko 96-94 Pedraza)


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12.16am EST
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Round 9

Lomachenko under control. He’s beating Pedraza towards the punch and countering when necessary. Pedraza was delivering your strugle of his life to even make it close but Loma’s left hands start to accumulate. Easy round for your Ukrainian.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 87-84 Pedraza)


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12.13am EST
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Round 8

Getting yelled at during my mentions for saying it’s close. Nevertheless it’s close. Pedraza, still boxing for a southpaw, using his size well, landing the proper pass the best enough in making Lomachenko give it some thought occasionally. But Lomachenko increasing his pace and finding his opponent’s measure and beginning land punches mixed with. Ominous sign. Clear round for Lomachenko.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 77-75 Pedraza)

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12.08am EST
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Round 7

Another close, tactical round. No hugely significant punches in either case. I do believe the Ukranian is performing enough to win the round however it was a close one. This is a close fight.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 67-66 Pedraza)


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12.05am EST
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Round 6

Lomachenko is a bit more active here at the the sixth. More aggressive, throwing and landing more. Very measured, tactical fight. Loma does enough to win the sixth but we’re wondering if it is the proper shoulder surgery that’s made him look not as much as his extraordinary norm or perhaps 135lbs is usually a bridge too far. Remember: he looked vulnerable in the May debut against Linares, suffering his first knockdown inside of a decade before roaring back to get a late knockout.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 57-57 Pedraza)


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12.01am EST
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Round 5

Bit of a rudderless performance from Lomachenko to date and Pedraza is landing more shots, gaining confidence. He’s out-throwing and out-landing Loma, that was priced as the 50-1 favorite (!) by one or more sportsbook. Pedraza boxing nicely, slipping punches with deft head movement. He’s won that round!

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 9-10 Pedraza (Lomachenko 47-48 Pedraza)


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11.58pm EST
23:58

Round 4

Still more economical punch output from Lomachenko. Maybe he’s not totally recovered from his right shoulder surgery. Worth it to read. Pedraza could well be best if you get the pace here as well as it on the test. An easy task to say through the third row. Now Pedraza switches from orthodox to southpaw (which he’s been proven to do) but Lomachenko lands a couple straight lefts within the past A few moments, then misses with one who will have cracked Pedraza badly, knowning that might be enough to clinch the round. However it is close! I’m nicking it to Pedraza. Even through four.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 9-10 Pedraza (Lomachenko 38-38 Pedraza)


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11.52pm EST
23:52

Round 3

Pedraza is clearly slower than Lomachenko, but he’s been moving quite well to be able to an elusive target and give Lomachenko pause. We’ll observe long he could stay the best. Lomachenko looking to improve pressure to succeed but he’s sticking to the straight left as he’s done through the night. Not only a single right hook from Lomachenko yet. Pedraza landing a couple of solid right hands and this appears to be if he’s opened a small cut on Lomachenko’s left eye. Oh boy. Loma lands a clear left, best punch with the round, but he’s giving Pedraza plenty of respect and i believe the Puerto Rican does enough to accept the round.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 29-28 Pedraza)


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11.48pm EST
23:48

Round 2

Pedraza, aggressive within the bell, landing or nearly landing a number of punches early but nothing seems to even faze Lomachenko, that is stanking inside the pocket taking his opponent’s measure. Lomachenko bursts forward and lands a clear, crisp right-hand lead that attracts an “Oooh!” with the crowd. Lomachenko just never outside of position as a consequence of his impeccable footwork: the most beneficial inside the sport. Pedraza swelling under his right eye. Loma wins the round very easily and it is the successfully that’s notable given his incredibly low punch output. Could it be on account of his shoulder surgery? Not certain but something to keep a watchful eye on. Regardless, two rounds to none for the pound-for-pound favorite.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza (Lomachenko 20-18 Pedraza)


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11.43pm EST
23:43

Round 1

“Lo-ma-chenk-o! Lo-ma-chenk-o!” chants as the bell rings. Not much happening in the opening minute for the reason that fighters feel the other person out. Pedraza lands one or two straight punches through Lomachenko’s guard but nothing too significant. Lomachenko like a viper willing to spring. He lets his hands go finally with a minute left while in the frame, landing some punches as well as gap in hand speed is instantly evident. Loma lands a cracking right hook. He follows moments later having a counter left plus a thudding body shot. The Ukrainian hardly threw a punch inside first round but he won it on our card.

Guardian’s unofficial score: Lomachenko 10-9 Pedraza

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11.38pm EST
23:38

Jimmy Lennon Jr is introducing the fighters. Pedraza first. Surprising amount of boos! The Loma fans were lying it wait, it appears. And already Lennon rattles off Lomachenko’s formidable resume and also the noise only builds. Final instructions with the referee. More “Lo-ma! Lo-ma! chants. Seconds out. We’ll buy it with round-by-round coverage at this point.


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11.35pm EST
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Pedraza is first on the ring. He’s making his entrance to Una Noche En Borinquen/Aguilnaldo Navideno from the Boricuan singer Manny Manuel. Can be he? The song have been playing for almost a second without indication of the WBO champion. Cold feet? Definitely not. You have the man and he’s from the ropes within a sleeveless black robe with gold trim. Now here comes Loma. Blue and yellow floodlights shooting throughout the theater, matching lasers flaring downward during the ring. The song is really an instrumental. He’s entering with the back on the room, making the long walk about the stairs towards the ring. “Lo-ma! Lo-ma!” they chant. It sounds like a Lomachenko crowd, yet not overly.


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11.19pm EST
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Increasingly restless crowd here at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The 5,600-capacity room is full, most everyone for their feet. Many Ukrainian flags. Lots of Puerto Rican flags. A lttle bit quiet, maybe. They’re playing numerous promotional videos within the video screens while everyone waits to your ESPN crew to pass through their paces and then we may have a fight. Anyone’s guess once the fighters will walk even so it happen over the following short while.


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11.03pm EST
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Emanuel Navarrete upsets Isaac Dogboe for your WBO junior featherweight title!

Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete has defeated Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe by a unanimous decision for that WBO junior featherweight title. The ringside judges offered many 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. “Hearing those words was the culmination of the dream,” says Navarrete by using a translator. “All that arduous work I put into a fitness center, everything that time I spent from our family.”

Navarrete, who improves to 26-1 as a professional, says he injured his right-hand during the second round, but there wasn’t any method that would stop him.

“At that period it wasn’t about boxing anymore,” the 23-year-old from Mexico City says. “It concerned heart.”

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10.54pm EST
22:54

We’ve just watched a properly entertaining WBO junior featherweight title fight between Isaac Dogboe and Emanuel Navarrete. Two-way action throughout from a two of game contestants with formidable power. Happen to be off from press row intermittently executing a few interviews so I did not score it, but from things i saw Navarrete won a almost all the earlier rounds before Dogboe returned strong inside the other half. From the scattershot scores I’m hearing on press row deciding shall be close. Crucially, Dogboe scored what clearly turned out to be a knockdown from the ninth round, nonetheless the referee ruled it a rabbit punch. Here’s hoping no affect the outcome. Waiting around the official scores.


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10.04pm EST
22:04

One more fight prior to a main event. Isaac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) can make his second defense in the WBO junior featherweight title against Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete (25-1, 22 KOs). Dogboe, a decorated amateur who represented Ghana along at the London Olympics, solidified his place as one of Top Rank’s most fancied properties after roaring returning to upset Jessie Magdaleno by 11th-round stoppage with the title in April and carries a ledger which includes wins over Magdaleno, Hidenori Otake, Cesar Juarez and Javier Chacon. Navarrete, fighting in my ballet shoes on American soil, has finished his last eight fights inside of the distance. Fireworks expected.


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9.44pm EST
21:44

Hello and introducing tonight’s lightweight title unification fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jos Pedraza. It’s to be able to view the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine, widely viewed as boxing’s greatest active fighter irrespective of weight, bolster his pound-for-pound credentials by building Pedraza’s title at 135lbs into the lightweight strap he won from Jorge Linares in May.

The initially two televised undercard bouts just concluded of course, if you blinked you missed it. The ascendent lightweight prospect Tefimo Lpez, who competed for Honduras along at the Rio Olympics, improved to 11-0 like a professional by using a 44-second destruction of Mason Menard. The right give the very best was the weapon of as well as it an immediate knockout of the year candidate. Lpez celebrated which has a reverse backflip. The boy is an to watch.


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9.31pm EST
21:31

Bryan can be used shortly. For now here’s Kevin Mitchell’s talk to Rocky Fielding, who definitely are fighting in this particular generating a week from tonight.

Rocky Fielding: ‘To fight at Madison Square Garden is unbelievable’

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