Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

"I want two belts": Lomachenko commented on the victory over Pedrosoi

Then in the 11th, Lomachenko showed off why he's ranked the best pound-for-pound fighter, making Pedraza eat several flurries of punches with no answer before the defending WBO champion was forced to take a knee.

After the bout, two-division world champion Lomachenko declared himself satisfied with his performance, and said he hoped to set up a champion versus champion bout against WBC champion Mikey Garcia, who is scheduled to step up to challenge Errol Spence for the IBF welterweight title in March next year. The win allowed the two-time Olympic gold medalist to not only retain his WBA lightweight title but also add Pedraza's WBO crown.

The first round was quite competitive - Pedraza many went ahead and allowed Lomachenko to demonstrate their unique defensive skills.

Ukraine's Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion who had never before unified two titles in the same class, knocked down Pedraza twice in an explosive 11th round. "At the end of the day, I am proud of what I did".

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

Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO's) in 2019 plans often delight fans with their fights.

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

"It was a great fight, and Emanuel Navarrete fought like a true Mexican warrior", Dogboe said.

"Hearing those words was the culmination of a dream", Navarrete said of hearing his name announced as world champion.

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