There is a new kingpin of the lightweight division in boxing.
Teofimo Lopez out dueled the current pound for pound champion Vasiliy Lomachenko to win three of the four major lightweight belts, the fourth Lopez already owns.
Lomachenko rallied in the second half of the contest, but Lopez sealed the victory with a furious ending to the 12th round.
The judges scored it 116-112, 119-109 and 117-113 for the Brooklyn native Lopez.
“All it is, it’s ‘The Takeover,’” Lopez said, referencing both his nickname and common catchphrase. “It’s time for the new generation to come up and it’s time for me to lead the way for everybody.”
Lopez out landed Lomachenko by a margin of 183 to 141, according to CompuBox. He also did well to hold off a late surge from Lomachenko as it was obvious that Lopez was visibly tiring.
“Honestly, it was just to keep pressuring him, that’s all you have to do. Use the jab and never…