Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza results

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza results

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza results

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Jose Pedraza in the battle for championship belts in the WBA and WBO lightweight.

For the second year in a row, Vasiliy Lomachenko kicked off the holiday season at Madison Square Garden with another big win in a world title fight.

Following his win - which judges scored 117-109, 117-109 and 119-107 - he said he was now targeting unbeaten WBC champion Mikey Garcia. I am very happy with his performance, because I have a little closer to his dream. Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) pelted Pedraza with a pair of vicious body shots in said stanza - similar to the one that felled Jorge Linares in May - but Pedraza was able to beat the count both times.

His opponent, to his huge credit, somehow survived and clung on for another round, before becoming Lomachenko's latest victim, following the judges' unanimous decision.

Lomachenko had stopped eight fighters inside the distance since then. "Pedraza? He did a great job, and I really respect his team".

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

Dogboe, his face bloodied and swollen, had to dig deep to avoid a knockout over the final two rounds.

He hasn't lost since dropping a four-round unanimous decision to Daniel Argueta in his fourth pro bout six years ago. "At the end of the day, I am proud of what I did", Pedraza said. "This title represents sacrifice".

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