WBA Super Lightweight Champion Ukraine’s Vasiliy “High-Tech” Lomachenko, WBO World Lightweight Champion Puerto Rico’s Jose “Sniper” Pedraza. Top Rank promoted Saturday night’s two world title events at the Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank over ESPN.
Ukraine’s WBA Super Lightweight Champion southpaw Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko, 12-1 (9), unified titles with dominating win over WBO World Lightweight Champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, 25-2 (12), of Cidra, PR, over 12 rounds.
In the first round it was jab versus jab for the most part with Pedraza more of the aggressor. Lomachenko picked up landing the best punch of the round a left to the chin of Pedraza. In the second round Lomachenko mostly blocking punches landed a left to the chin of Pedraza on two separate occasions. Lomachenko landed lead left with ten seconds left in the round.
In the third round with mind over matter using jabs dominating with occasional lefts from Lomachenko on the chin of Pedraza who flurried just prior to the bell. In the fourth round Pedraza switched to southpaw. A solid jab from Lomachenko put Pedraza back several steps. Lomachenko ended the round with a lead left on the chin of Pedraza.
In the fifth round Pedraza using an effective jab with Lomachenko scoring with several lead lefts on the chin. It was too close to call. In the sixth round Lomachenko countered with a left on the chin of Pedraza. Lomachenko fighting his fight with Pedraza throwing more jabs with less perfection.
In the seventh round Lomachenko took command having Pedraza to miss again and again. Pedraza landed a good left on the chin in the final seconds of the round. In the eighth round Pedraza flurried to the body of Lomachenko. Lomachenko landed left to body and right on the chin of Pedraza. Both mixing their boxing skills throughout the round.
In the ninth round Lomachenko jabbing then a lead left to the body of Pedraza. Lomachenko landed a left uppercut to the chin of Pedraza. In the final seconds Lomachenko landed a straight left to the chin of Pedraza. In the tenth round Lomachenko landed a solid left to the chin of Pedraza. Pedraza landed a solid left to the body of Lomachenko. Pedraza landed a lead left to the head of Lomachenko. Lomachenko landed a double right just prior to the bell.
In the eleventh round halfway through the old Lomachenko put on a display of brilliance rarely missing punch after punch. An uppercut rocked Pedraza until going down twice in the round. In the twelfth and final round Pedraza on his bike landed periodically taking more and more punches from Lomachenko.
Scores were Tom Schrek 119-107 with Joe Pasqule and Steve Weisfeld 117-109 with this writer 118-108.
In the co-feature the WBO World Super Bantamweight Champion Ghana’s Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, 20-1 (14), of London, UK, lost an exciting close decision and his title to No. 2 ranked Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, 26-1 (22), of Distrito Federal, MEX, over 12 rounds.
In the first round Navarrete threw and landed first punch, a left hook to the chin of Dogboe. Dogboe pressed the action with overwhelming body work over the much taller Navarrete. Inside a minute left in the round Navarrete landed a long right to the chin of Dogboe. In the second round Navarrete camd out landing a right to the chin of Dogboe. Navarretee became the “hunter”. Navarrete hurt Dogboe with a left hook body shot. He continued chasing Dogboe landing numerous punches with little return from Dogboe. What a difference in two rounds pertaining to the aggressor.
In the third round Dogboe started with a left hook to the body of Navarrete. Dogboe got a warning from referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. for a low blow. The lead went back and fourth. In the fourth round Dogboe landed a double left hook to the body and head having Navarrete covering up. Dogboe drove Navarrete into a corner. Navarrete switched to southpaw briefly.
In the fifth round Dogboe landed a left hook to the chin of Navarrete. Navarrete continues landing arm punches. He hurt Dogboe with a body shot. Navarrete landed a solid left to the chin of Dogboe. Dogboe landed a combo right and left to the chin of Navarrete. In the sixth round Navarrete came out on the attack with body punches. Navarrete landed a counter left to the chin of Dogboe. Dogboe’s suffered swelling around both eyes. Dogboe walked into a left uppercut on the chin.
In the seventh round Dogboe had Navarrete on the run with body work. Not until under a minute left in the round did Navarrete start fighting. It was a big round for Dogboe. In the eighth round Dogboe picks up where he left off chasing Navarrete landing a solid punch to the chin of Navarrete hurting him. He continued on the attack.
In the ninth round Dogboe continued the chase. A right from Dogboe landed on the shoulder to the head dropping Navarrete in which referee Esteves called a slip. Navarrete landed a long left uppercut to the chin of Dogboe. Dogboe carried the first two minutes then Navarrete took over. In the tenth Navarrete started using his jab here late in the fight. Dogboe went down from water on the corner canvas getting hit going down. Referee Esteves ruled a slip. Navarrete hurt Dogboe just prior to the bell with a flurry of punches.
In the eleventh round Dogboe warned for a low punch. Navarrete went on the attack. Dogboe’s swelling around the eyes with the left eye almost closed. Dogboe suffered blood from his nose. Navarrete had a big round. In the twelfth and final round with his right eye almost closed Dogboe was warned by referee Esteves to “show me something!” Dogboe running but landing jabs. Referee warns Dogboe for holding but he was surviving.
Scores were 115-113 and 116-112 while this writer had it 114-114.
“I hurt my right hand in the second round but my heart brought me through, thank God,” said Navarrete. “I want to thank God. He was the better fighter tonight,” said Dogboe. Both fighters complimented each other.
Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez, 11-0 (9), of Las Vegas, NV, knocked out “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard, 34-4 (24), of Rayne, LA, at 0:44 of the first round for the vacant NABF & USBA Lightweight titles.
In the first round Menard landed a left hook to the chin of Lopez. Menard as about to throw a left hook when Lopez threw a right to the side of the head and down went Menard face first for the count. Referee Charley Fitch didn’t need to count.
“I want to thank God, my mother and father, my team, David McWater, Top Rank,” said Lopez.
Russian Welterweight Alexander Besputin, 12-0 (9), of Oxnard, CA, defeated Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu, 21-4-1 (19), of DR, over 10 rounds.
Super Lightweight Michael “The Artist, Michael Angelo” Perez, 25-3-2 (11), of Newark, NJ, lost by TKO 8 to Abdiel “Mortero” Ramirez, 24-3-1 (22), of Chihuahua, MEX, over 8 rounds.
Super Lightweight Puerto Rico’s Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas, 13-1 (9), of the Bronx, NY, WTKO5 over John “El Emperador” Renteria, 16-6-1 (12), of Panama City, PAN, over 8 rounds.
Welterweight Brian Ceballo, 6-0 (3), of New York, defeated Daniel “Kaos” Calzada, 16-20-3 (2), of Dona Ana, NM, over 4 rounds.
Italian Heavyweight Guido Vianello, 1-0 (1), WKO2 over Luke Lyons, 5-2-1 (2), of Ashland, KY, in a 4.