The fighters are making their ringwalks. Very first it is López, the IBF lightweight champion, who emerges from the tunnel to Queen’s One more One Bites the Dust. Now it is Lomachenko, the WBA and WBO champion, who marches to the ring to Rob Dougan’s Clubbed to Dying from the Matrix soundtrack. The ring announcer has taken about and we need to be below way any second.
Arnold Barboza Jr increases to 25 wins in 25 pro fights with a unanimous-conclusion gain about Alex Saucedo in their 10-round junior welterweight combat. The three judges at ringside handed down scores of 96-93, ninety seven-ninety two and ninety seven-ninety two. (The Guardian experienced it ninety seven-ninety two.)
“This was like a championship combat to me,” Barboza states. “It’s all since of my father [head trainer Arnold Barboza Sr], not me. I did this for youngsters and my father. My aspiration is to get a house for my youngsters. I came that substantially nearer currently.”
He adds: “I want a championship combat. No extra messing all-around. No extra tune-up fights.”
Next up: the main party amongst Lomachenko and López.
We’re halfway by way of the ultimate preliminary combat just before tonight’s main party: Alex Saucedo (thirty-1, 19 KO) and Arnold Barboza Jr (24-, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup. There’s been tiny to independent either of them throughout a wildly entertaining scrap fought largely in the confines of a mobile phone booth.
“Once he received in the ring, I looked in his eyes,” Berlanga reported. “He did not want to be there. So, I experienced to get him out.”
Requested about his submit-combat celebration, where by he climbed the turnbuckle and shouted “I am a fucking monster!”: “I’m the to start with man or woman to quit him, and [I did it] in the to start with round. So, you know, it just off emotion, off how I definitely felt. For all the critics out there, all the media, I just felt it in me that I experienced to say that.”
The blue-chip prospect from Brooklyn reported he expects to have one more combat just before the finish of 2020 just before a combat at Madison Sq. Backyard garden next calendar year.
“We’re looking to combat in December,” he reported. “I just spoke to Bob [Arum] correct now. He’s looking to set me on in December. I’m essentially looking ahead to fighting in Puerto Rico and then also in June on Puerto Rican [Day Parade] weekend at Madison Sq. Backyard garden, so God ready, everything goes correct, we can make it take place.”
Howdy and welcome to tonight’s lightweight title unification showdown amongst Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teófimo López. The scheduled twelve-round bout for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles at 135lbs is the most anticipated combat given that the coronavirus pandemic started and it need to be below way in the hour.
In undercard news, tremendous middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga Jr has just enhanced to 15- with 15 knockouts with a to start with-round TKO of Lanell Bellows, who experienced in no way been stopped in 28 earlier fights. The Brooklyn tremendous-prospect slice his opponent early and started pouring on punches in combinations right until referee Robert Hoyle stepped in after only seventy nine seconds. Berlanga’s streak of 15 straight to start with-round knockouts to start off his vocation is fifth longest in the record of boxing after Ali Raymi (21), Tyrone Brunson (19), Edwin Valero (eighteen) and Youthful Otto (16).