Lomachenko wins WBO lightweight title

VASYL Lomachenko took Jose Pedraza’s WBO lightweight belt with a unanimous points victory at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Ukrainian fighter knocked down the Puerto Rican twice in round 11 on the way to adding to his WBA title.

It was only the 30-year-old’s 13th professional fight.

On the undercard, London-based Ghanaian Isaac Dogboe lost his WBO super-bantamweight title to Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete.

Lomachenko became the fastest three-weight world champion in history by stopping Jorge Linares in his 12th professional fight in May, having held world titles at featherweight and super-featherweight.

“I am happy,” he said. “I moved a little closer to my dream, to my goal.”

Following his win – which judges scored 117-109, 117-109 and 119-107 – he said he was now targeting unbeaten WBC champion Mikey Garcia.

“Two more belts, and maybe we can make in the next year a fight with Mikey Garcia,” he said.

Lomachenko’s victory also came after surgery on his shoulder following the Linares fight.

Dogboe, 24, was making the second defence of his title but came up against an opponent with a height and reach advantage – and who used it to good effect – with two judges scoring it 116-112 and a third making it 115-113. – BBC

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