Teofimo Lopez was a heavy underdog going into his fight against Vasiliy Lomachenko. The 23-year-old had received a lot of praise for his showings as a pro up to now. He even became the IBF world champion in just his 15th fight, via TKO against Richard Commey.
But the majority of boxing fans felt that 'Loma' would simply be too good for 'the Takeover' on fight night. 'HiTech' had been regarded as the pound for pound king of boxing after he enjoyed such a glittering career as an amateur.
Yet, Lopez proved a lot of doubters wrong on fight night. The young fighter immediately came out and brought the fight to the Ukrainian.
Lomachenko is known for starting fights slowly, but this time he was not allowed to grow into the bout. Lopez, who had the extra height to his advantage, pressured his opponent from the get-go so he was fully in the ascendency as the bout reached the middle rounds.
'HiTech' improved slightly as the fight drew on, arguably winning three or four of the later rounds. But 'Loma' was left with far too much to do to get back into the fight after the challenger's fast start.
It went the distance and the cards read 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 all in favour of Lopez to crown him as the new unified lightweight champion. He adds the WBA and WBO belts to his collection, after winning the IBF title in December 2019.
One man who believed in Lopez against Lomachenko was Floyd Mayweather Jr. After the fight, he revealed on Instagram that he had placed a $6,500 bet on the 23-year-old to defeat the pound for pound number one.
The wager was placed with odds of 3/1, so Mayweather made a very nice return of $21,150.
Mayweather is not shy of making big-money bets on sporting events. Back in 2012, Bleacher Report said that he regularly places bets worth between $25,000 and $400,000 on single college football games.
'Money' also tried to bet on himself during his boxing career. Shortly before his infamous fight against Conor McGregor, he tried to place a $400,000 bet on himself to win in under 9.5 rounds, according to ESPN. But this was rejected by the bookmaker before the money went through.
Despite Mayweather's win, this was Lopez's night. This fight could stand as a changing of the guard in the lightweight ranks.
Lomachenko has been the man to beat in the division for the last few years. He has also been regarded by most fight fans as the pound for pound number one throughout his reign at the top of the lightweight division.
But now he has been dethroned, Lopez is now the money fight every boxer in that weight class wants. This win has catapulted Lopez to being one of the top names in the sport, and he will benefit massively in a commercial sense after this career-defining win over Lomachenko.
Next up for Lopez could be a clash against Devin Haney. 'The Dream' is due to face Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBC world lightweight title on 7 November. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, hyped up this potential unification clash after Lopez's victory.
Speaking after his win over Lomachenko, Lopez said: "I had to dig deep. I'm thankful, I'm grateful, and each and every day I take that in. I had to dig in there, and it feels good."
Lopez vs Haney is the natural next move, should the later get past Gamboa in November. It is a fight that has to be made to crown the 135-pound unified champion. The bout between two of the latest superstars of the sport will surely be a Fight of the Year contender.