Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza
Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachencko and Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza put their belts on the line in a unification fight in New York.
Both fighters make their first defence, Pedraza, coming off a UD title win against all action fighter, Raymundo Beltran, and Lomachencko, coming off a stoppage win over slick, experienced boxer, Jorge Linares, getting up off the deck to win the title.
Lomachencko is a very heavy favourite, and expected to win with ease as he did in every fight he had been 2015 and 2017.
Pedraza starts confidently, moves his head, feints, and is clearly well prepared for Lomachencko's style, he throws more punches in the early rounds, but in every round, Lomachencko, although not active, is defensively solid, and able to land a couple of stand out shots.
The mid rounds are more action packed, as both fighters land more punches, Pedraza throws more shots, but Lomachencko's blocking is solid, and he is the much more accuracte fighter.
Pedraza seems the more fatuiged in the late rounds, and Lomachencko seems to be the one who has it physically and tactically in the locker to come on strong, late, Pedraza does rally, have a good 10th round, attacking going backwards and having success, but in round 11, Lomachencko has him in bother, and the accumulation of punches drops Pedraza to a knee, he beats the count, but an agonising body shot from Lomachencko drops him again, once again, Pedraza beats the count. Lomachencko is aggressive in the last round, but doesn't put Pedraza down again.
Lomachencko wins a landslide UD, defends his WBA title, and beats Pedraza for his WBO title.