Lomachenko-Lopez: Live coverage
Fight night is here for Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez.
- Teofimo Lopez UD-12 Vasiliy Lomachenko (116-112, 119-109, 117-111) [Recap]
- Arnold Barboza Jr UD-10 Alex Saucedo (96-93, 97-92, 97-92) [Recap]
- Edgar Berlanga TKO-1 Lanell Bellows (1:19) [Recap]
- Josue Vargas UD-10 Kendo Castaneda (98-91, 99-90, 100-89) [Recap]
- Jose Enrique Vivas TKO-1 John Vincent Moralde (1:16) [Recap]
- Quinton Randall UD-6 Jan Carlos Rivera (58-56, 58-56, 59-55) [Recap]
- Jahi Tucker UD-4 Charles Garner (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) [Recap]
Round By Round
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez
Round 1: Lopez jabs and then misses on a right hand to the body. Lopez jabs a couple more times but can’t find the range. Lomachenko is laying back and taking an early read on Lopez. Two jabs and a right hand to the body comes from Lopez. Jab from Loepz gets blocked by Lomachenko. Lomachenko blocks another right hand from Lopez. Lomachenko feints but has hardly thrown a punch in this opening round. Lopez throws a right to the body. Lomachenko continues to study Lopez but hasn’t let anything go offensively. Right hand from Loepz falls short. Lomachenko jabs an misses in the final 10 seconds. Lopez 10-9 by default, Lomachenko didn’t throw anything. Lopez 10-9.
Round 2: Lopez jabs and has it blocked. Another measuring jab comes from Lopez who then tries a right hand to the body. Lomachenko blocks three punches from Lopez but one shot knocks Lomachenko back a little. Jab to the body falls short for Lopez. Lomachenko still not throwing any punches yet, just a lot of feints and foot movement. Counter left hand lands for Lomachenko now, his first of the fight. Jab lands over the top for Lomachenko. Lomachenko clocks another jab from Lopez. Clean left hand lands for Lomachenko as he steps to his right. I’m still going to edge this round to Lopez on his activity. Lopez 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Lomachenko parries a jab. Another jab from Lopez gets picked off. Lomachenko using a lot of footwork to try to wear on Lopez. Lopez tries a right hand to the body that grazes Lomachenko. Two hooks to the body make partial contact for Lopez. Lomachenko continues to throw a lot of feints at Lopez to see how he reacts. Left to the body lands well for Lopez. Three quick punches land for Lopez and Lomachenko fires back and lands. Lomachenko has been too passive early in the fight. Lopez 10-9.
Round 4: Lomachenko blocks a jab from Lopez. Lopez stalks forward but misses on a right hand to the body. Lomachenko blocks another jab and the steps to the side. Jab lands upstairs for Lomachenko. Lopez steps after Lomachenko but misses on a body shot. Jab lands for Lomachenko. Right hand makes contact to the body for Lopez. Jab from Lomachenko makes a little contact upstairs. Well, I don’t know when the last time this was the case but I have Lomachenko down on four consecutive rounds. Lopez 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Lopez jabs but can’t find the target. Lomachenko slips a jab from Lopez and circles back to center ring. Right hand from Lopez makes solid contact to the body. Lomachenko slips a jab upstairs. Right hand from Lopez just misses up to the head. Two more body shots make contact for Lopez. Jab lands for Lomachenko upstairs. Lopez still taking the rounds on Lomachenko’s inactivity more than anything. Lopez 10-9.
Round 6: Lopez steps forward behind a measuring jab and then tries a left to the body. Jab lands over the top for Lomachenko. Three pujnches come from Lopez but Lomachenko defends it pretty well. Jab lands upstairs for Lomachenko, then another. Now Lomachenko throws three punches and lands one pretty well. Left hand makes contact for Lomachenko upstairs, then a jab. Right hand lands to the body for Lopez. Lopez jabs to the body. Uppercut lands pretty well for Lopez. Lopez 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Lomachenko can’t afford to give away anymore rounds on my scorecard. Lopez comes forward behind a couple of hooks as Lomachenko puts his guard up. Check hook from Lopez just misses. A follow up combination has Lomachenko moving backwards. Right hand lands downstairs for Lopez. Jab lands to the body lands for Lopez. Now Lomachenko lands a jab upstairs. Lopez is much more active and comfortable with his offense. Lomachenko throws three punches but Lopez lands a good body shot. Lomachenko tries to get a little more aggressive now and lands a right hand over the top. Two big hooks miss for Lopez. Lopez 10-9.
Round 8: Counter jab lands for Lomachenko, who is getting very aggressive to start the round, holding his ground. Jab lands for Lomachenko. Straight left hand lands for Lomachenko but then a clash of heads causes a momentary break in the action. Right hand to the body makes contact, but Lomachenko lands a good counter. Hook from Lopez misses. Lomachenko lands a clean left hand upstairs, then another, then one more! Lopez tries to stand his ground and back Lomachenko off with power shots. Left hand from Lomachenko just misses upstairs. Jab lands well for Lomachenko, then another. Right hand lead lands for Lopez. Lomachenko 10-9, 73-79.
Round 9: Lopez comes forward and throws a hook that gets blocked. Jab from Lomachenko misses. Lomachenko comes forwards and lands a good left hand upstairs. Lopez jabs and has it blocked. Left hand to the body lands for Lomachenko. Right hook to the body misses for Lopez. Three quick punches touch Lopez upstairs. Jab from Lomachenko lands. Lopez throws a couple of punches that get blocked. Clean left to the body lands for Lomachenko now. Lomachenko 10-9.
Round 10: Counter hook makes partial contact for Lopez. Jab from Lomachenko lands over the top. Jab lands again for Lomachenko upstairs. Jab and right hand land for Lomachenko again. Jab lands clean for Lomachenko, then a left hand, then another left hand. Lopez counters with a combination as Lomachenko covers up. Jab and left hand tot he body lands for Lomachenko. Jab gets in for Lomachenko again, then a left hand. Jab lands for Lomachenko once more. Left to the body from Lomachenko scores, but Lopez gets in a body shot of his own. Hard body shot lands low and causes a break as the referee steps in. Lomachenko says he’s ready to resume the action almost immediately. Lomachenko 10-9, 93-97.
Round 11: Lomachenko blocks two shots from Lopez. Lomachenko steps in and lands a few shots at close range. Lomachenko is landing pretty well up close. Jab lands upstairs for Lomachenko, then a hook as he steps to the side. Lomachenko throws a jab and then gets pushed back by Lopez. Lomachenko steps forward and throws a couple of quick shots. Left tot he body lands for Lomachenko, Lopez holds. Jab lands upstairs for lomachenko, then another left hand, then a jab. Lopez might be fading here as Lomachenko has been picking it up these last few rounds. Lopez is smiling with his back along the ropes as Lomachenko has been landing a lot recently. Jab lands clean for Lomachenko. Hard left to the body lands clean for Lomachenko. Straight left lands upstairs from Lomachenko now. Lopez is laying back along the ropes and then comes forward behind a couple of body shots. Lomachenko 10-9.
Round 12: Lomachenko looks for a lead left hand right away. Lopez throws a jab to the body and then pushes Lomachenko back. Lomachenko steps in and Lopez holds on. Right hand lands upstairs for Lopez, then a couple of body shots. Straight left lands for Lomachenko but Lopez lands a good uppercut. Straight left hand lands for Lomachenko. Lomachenko steps forward but walks into a hard body shot from Lopez. Straight left lands for Lomachenko. Straight left lands for Lomachenko again. Lomachenko throws a quick combination but can’t land. Left hook lands for Lopez, then another. Now Lomachenko lands a shot. Lopez throws some power hooks as Lomachenko stands in. Lopez gets cut over his right eye from an accidental head clash and is bleeding pretty badly. Referee calls a break to have it looked at. Lopez lands ashot and Lomachenko gets one back. Lopez 10-9. I’ve got it for Teofimo Lopez, 116-112.
Alex Saucedo vs Arnold Barboza Jr
Round 1: Right hand lands for Saucedo. Barboza takes a step back and tries to lands a right hand but gets countered by Saucedo. Three left hands come from Saucedo. Right hand partially lands for Barboza. Barboza misses on a sweeping left hand from the southpaw stance. Saucedo lands a good left hook. Left to the body makes a little contact for Barboza. Left lands upstairs for Barboza this time but Saucedo fires back and makes partial contact. Jab lands upstairs for Saucedo but he’s bleeding from the nose early. Right hand lead makes contact for Saucedo but Barboza gets in a shot too. Both fighters trade and land. Jab gets in upstairs for Saucedo as both fighters trade at the bell. Close round but I’m going to edge it to Saucedo. Saucedo 10-9.
Round 2: Replay shows that a headbutt might’ve caused Saucedo’s bloody nose. Right hand lands to the chest for Saucedo. Barboza lands a left hand going backwards but Saucedo lands another good left hook upstairs. Two body shots make contact for Saucedo. Barboza lands a left hook as he switches back the orthodox. Jab lands for Saucedo. Left hand gets in for Saucedo as Barboza partially lands a right. Now a better right hand lands for Barboza. Three punches come from Barboza and they all make contact. Left hook to the body misses for Barboza. Right hand lead lands for Saucedo. Both fighters trade at center ring and both land a couple. Barboza 10-9.
Round 3: Jab lands clean for Saucedo. Barboza jabs to the body. Barboza sticks a jab that doesn’t land clean and Saucedo tries to close the distance and walk through it. Saucedo throws an ineffective combination and Barboza comes back with something a little better. Jab lands for Saucedo, jab lands for Barboza. Left hook lands for Barboza and Saucedo comes back and throws a couple of quick punches. Right hand lands for Barboza upstairs. Hard right to the body lands for Barboza. Now Saucedo lands a left uppercut. Both fighters stand in the pocket and trade punches but it seems Barboza gets the better of it. Barboza 10-9.
Round 4: Jab gets picked off by Saucedo. Saucedo lands a right hand over the top. Double left hand comes from Saucedo, then another shortly later. Barboza goes down to the body with a left hand. Jab lands upstairs for Saucedo. Barboza lands a left to the body and Saucedo comes back with a few punches and lands a couple. Left to the body lands again for Barboza, then a solid right hand upstairs just moments later. Saucedo throws his own attack to the body but it’s not enough. Barboza 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Saucedo goes to the body with a left hand right away. Barboza throws a right hand to the body himself. Saucedo stalks forward and Barboza tries to meet him with three punches that don’t land. Hard right lands downstairs for Barboza. Now Barboza lands a jab at the end of a three punch combination. Saucedo has let Barboza find a good rhythm and it’s not working in his favor. Now Saucedo lands a right hand but Barboza comes right back with a few punches. Both fighters land jabs on one another. One-two lands for Barboza, who then tries to smother Saucedo’s work. Barboza 10-9.
Round 6: Jab lands for Saucedo. Both fighters trade up close and a shot stray lows forcing a break. Both fighters continue to trade body shots at close range at center ring. Left hook lands upstairs for Saucedo. Barboza lands a right hand upstairs. Now Saucedo lands a right hand to the head and comes forward with a few more punches as he tries to war with Barboza. Left hand lands clean for Barboza. Short left uppercut lands for Saucedo. Clean body shots land for Saucedo. Barboza lands a jab upstairs. Double left hand touches the body for Saucedo. Saucedo 10-9, 56-58.
Round 7: Saucedo falls short on a jab. Barboza lands a jab upstairs. One-two from Saucedo falls short. Jab lands for Barboza this time. Saucedo ducks a shot and lands a left hook counter that puts Barboza down and it’s ruled a slip! What?! That’ll require a second look from with Nevada’s new replay rule. Barboza pops a jab but Saucedo lands one back. Jab lands clean for Saucedo. Jab lands again for Saucedo, who then throws a left to the body moments later. Saucedo 10-8.
Round 8: Replay seems to show that was a legit knockdown. It’s now being reviewed by the commission with a timeout being called to take a second look. The officials determine it was a knockdown in the last round. Back to this round, Saucedo charges in with a stiff jab but Barboza counters with a hook. Both fighters trade shots at center ring, but Barboza lands the better of it. Jab and right hand lands for Saucedo. Barboza lands a right hand upstairs. Saucedo throws a combination but most of it doesn’t land clean. Now Barboza tries his own combination with mostly grazing shots. Jab lands for Saucedo but he can’t land the right hand behind it. Right hand lead makes contact for Saucedo. Barboza 10-9, 76-75.
Round 9: Both fighters trade to open the round. Barboza is keeping the fight on the outside and that’s giving Saucedo a difficult picture. Now Barboza throws three straight punches and makes some contact. Three more punches come from Barboza as he beats Saucedo to the punch. Right hand lead lands upstairs for Barboza. Jab and right hand lands for Barboza, who then steps to the side out of range of any return fire. Clean boxing round for Barboza. Barboza 10-9.
Round 10: Replay shows Barboza hit Saucedo with a clean elbow in the last round. Both fighters touch gloves for the last round. Saucedo comes out quick but can’t ifnd the range. Barboza bounces and lands a good right hand. Jab lands upstairs for Saucedo who is too tired to even put up a meager defensive posture. Jab lands for Saucedo, then a left hook but Barboza ties up. Left hook lands for Saucedo. Now Barboza lands a right hook to the head. Saucedo throws an ineffective combination and then gets hit with a clean shot from Barboza. Barboza 10-9. I’ve got it for Barboza 96-93.
Edgar Berlanga vs Lanell Bellows
Round 1: Bellows measures with a couple of jabs as he tries to press forward before looking to the body. Two stiff jabs land jard for Berlanga. Left to the body lands hard for Berlanga this time. Left hook lands upstairs for Berlanga. Berlanga tries another left hook but gets countered with a right hand. Left hook lands hard and shakes up Bellows. Bellows is on shaky legs and Berlanga tees off on Bellows until the referee steps in to stop the fight! That’s 15 straight first round knockouts for Berlanga! Berlanga TKO-1.
Tonight at 10 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN+, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez meet in the most highly-anticipated fight we’re going to see in 2020, with three lightweight titles on the line, plus Lomachenko’s consensus pound-for-pound crown.
Full coverage will start at 7:30 pm ET with prelim action on ESPN and ESPN+. Wil Esco will be here with round-by-round updates for the main card on ESPN at 10 pm ET.
Lomachenko, 32, and Lopez, 23, have had a simmering media rivalry for well over a year now, and have carried that intensity all the way to fight night. Tonight they’ll settle things.
How to Watch Lomachenko vs Lopez
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 | Start Time: 10:00 pm ET (Main Card) / 7:30 pm ET (Prelims)
Location: MGM Top Rank Bubble, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPN | Stream: ESPN+
In the co-feature, we’ll see Alex Saucedo meet Arnold Barboza Jr in a 10-round junior welterweight fight, and super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga will open main card action against veteran Lanell Bellows.
Join us tonight!
Prelims (ESPN and ESPN+, 7:30 pm ET)
- Josue Vargas (17-1, 9 KO) vs Kendo Castaneda (17-2, 8 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Jose Enrique Vivas (19-1, 10 KO) vs John Vincent Moralde (23-3, 13 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds
- Quinton Randall (6-0, 2 KO) vs Jan Carlos Rivera (4-0, 4 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
- Jahi Tucker (1-0, 1 KO) vs Charles Garner (1-0, 0 KO), welterweights, 4 rounds
Main Card (ESPN and ESPN+, 10:00 pm ET)
- Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO) vs Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
- Alex Saucedo (30-1, 19 KO) vs Arnold Barboza Jr (24-0, 10 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Edgar Berlanga (14-0, 14 KO) vs Lanell Bellows (20-5-3, 13 KO), super middleweights, 8 rounds
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