Tonight, WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) takes on WBO lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs). They are headlining Top Rank’s Boxing Show on ESPN. The full undercard will stream on ESPN+, beginning at 6:00 pm ET and the main events will begin at 9:00 pm. The show is being held at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Lomachenko recently moved up to lightweight in May, defeating Jorge Linares and claiming the WBA lightweight title via a TKO in the 10th round. “I want to unify titles. It was my first goal when I come into the pros,” said Lomachenko, “I tried to unify titles at 126, 130. Now I will try to unify titles at 135. Maybe this weight will be lucky for me.”
In August, Pedraza became the new WBO lightweight titleholder with his defeat against Ray Beltran. “Technically speaking, he has never faced a fighter like me,” Pedraza said through an interpreter. “The fans can expect an even more focused and intelligent Jose Pedraza in the ring. On that night, I will show all my skills.”
Boxing Channel correspondent Marcelino Castillo is at tonight’s event and will be providing live results. Be sure to check in for updates!
Bout 1: Abdiel Ramírez beat Michael Pérez by TKO @ in the 8th round.
Bout 2: Puerto Rican Josue Vargas defeated Panamanian John Renteria by technical knockout @ 2:29 of the 5th round.
Bout 3: Guido Vianello beat Luke Lyons by knockout @ 0:29 of the 2nd round.
Bout 4: Alexander Besputin defeated Juan Carlos Abreu by unanimous decision in ten rounds. Official Scorecards: 100-88 (3x)
Bout 5: Brian Ceballo dominated Daniel Calzada for four rounds, winning by unanimous decision. Official Scorecards: 40-36 (3x)
Bout 6: Teofimo Lopez beat Mason Menard by knockout in the first round at a time of 0:44 seconds.
Bout 7: Emanuel Navarrete won by unanimous decision, snatching the WBO world super bantamweight title from Isaac Dogboe. Official Scorecards: 116-112 (2x), 115-113
Bout 8: Vasiliy Lomachenko defeated Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza by unanimous decision in New York, becoming the lightweight unified champion of both the WBA and WBO. Official Scorecards: 117-109 (2x), 119-107.