‘I want to go home to review the fight’: Vasiliy Lomachenko is unhappy with 119-109 scorecard in loss to Teofimo Lopez as boxing promoter Bob Arum says he ‘doesn’t want to see one of the judges again’
- Teofimo Lopez took a stunning unanimous victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko
- The match was officially scored 116-112, 117-111 and surprisingly 119-109
- Lomachenko was unhappy with the scorecards in his defeat to Lopez
Vasiliy Lomachenko said he disagreed with the scorecards in his stunning loss to Teofimo Lopez.
The 23-year-old shocked the boxing world when he dominated early and finished strong to win a unanimous 12-round decision to unite the lightweight titles.
The match was officially scored 116-112 by Tim Cheatham, 117-111 by Steve Weisfield and 119-109 by Julie Lederman.
Teofimo Lopez took a stunning victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko to unify the lightweight titles
Lomachenko said after the fight that he disagreed with the scorecards at the end of the fight
Bob Arum also questioned the cards, saying he ‘doesn’t want to see one of the judges again’
There was little doubt that Lopez deserved the win, but both Lomachenko and Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, were unhappy with the wide scorecards in the defeat.
Lomachenko said after the fight: ‘I think he had more rounds in the first half than I did, but in the second half I took over and was much better.
‘I want to go home and review the fight, can’t say much about it now. I totally disagree with the scorecards. ‘
Arum added: ‘Lopez won, 7-5 is the way I scored. I can see 8-4, that’s a possibility.
But you can’t score it 11 rounds to 1 and say you’ve seen the fight. Ninth, 10th and 11th were not close.
“I would advise any fighter I have to ask the committee not to appoint Julie Lederman.”
Lopez won the fight 116-112, 117-111 and more surprisingly 119-109
On social media, there was also some shock to the 119-109 scorecard.
WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford tweeted, “119-109 ooowwweeee that was a good fight, but the score was disrespectful.”
Retired Welsh boxer Enzo Maccarinelli wrote, ‘I was ahead of Lopez 1, a tie I hadn’t complained about, but 119-109’ with a facepalm emoji.
WBO junior lightweight champion Jamal Herring disagreed with the scorecard that tweeted, ‘I felt Teofimo got it done for his LAST round performance, but I disagree with that 119-109 score. That judge had taken it as a complete blow … ‘
Mike Coppinger agreed with Arum’s comments, saying, ‘Julie Lederman with the 119-109 scorecard. I’m not sure if she needs to judge another championship fight. Absolutely outrageous. Loma CLEARLY won 8, 9, 10 and 11. ‘
Journalist Andrew Lopez added, “The problem with 119-109 is people will look how insane that is. But Teofimo Lopez won the fight ‘while another reporter Earl K Sneed said’ the scorecards were everywhere, but @TeofimoLopez deserved that win. ‘
Lopez, who has a record of 16-0, added Lomachenko’s three titles, who recorded his second defeat in his career, to the tie he won last year to become the undisputed 135 champion.
The 23-year-old from Brooklyn proved faster and stronger than 32-year-old Lomachenko, who won two Olympic gold medals as an amateur and was considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters as a pro.
Surprisingly, he was also the better boxer, proving he could close the show by bleeding Lomachenko on the 12th round.