Action from December 8th live at Madison Square Garden on ESPN live.
Former prospect of the year 21 year old lightweight Teofimo Lopez scored a devastating one punch first round knockout over veteran Mason Menard.
The co-main event featured a WBO World super-bantamweight title match between undefeated champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe of Ghana and Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete of Mexico. The champion Dogboe entered the bout with 20 wins 14 coming by knockout and the challenger Navarrete 25 wins 1 loss with 22 wins coming by way of knockout. Navarrete at 5’7 had a 5-inch height and 8 inch reach advantage on the 5’2 Dogboe. The bout began with a closely contested first round. In the second round Navarrete took control by smothering the smaller Dogboe and landing body shots. In the middle rounds Dogboe picked up momentum landing body shots of his own and Navarrete began to slow down. The referee miscalled what would have been a knockdown for Dogboe a slip by Navarrete in round 9. In round 10 Navarrete regained control after landing a solid right hand to the head of Dogboe. By the end of round 11 the face of Dogboe was badly swollen. Navarrete won the title via unanimous decision.
WBA/WBO World lightweight unification bout between Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko and Jose “Sniper” Pedraza began with Pedraza coming forward with his jab and Lomachenko figuring his timing to counter. As the fight went on Lomachenko became the aggressor forcing the action and countering Pedraza. Pedraza made an effort to keep the rounds close but not enough to win. In round 11 Lomachenko turned up the pressure landing 42 power punches and scoring 2 knockdowns. Pedraza held on to escape the final round. Lomachenko won the tiles with a unanimous decision.
Teofimo Lopez could be a future challenger for Vasyl Lomachenko.
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