Vasiliy Lomachenko Thinks Judges Were Bribed In Teofimo Lopez Fight
Vasiliy Lomachenko has a lot to say about his upset loss to Teofimo Lopez.
Back in October, Lomachenko put the WBA (Super), WBO, and WBC (Franchise) gold on the line against Lopez, who was the IBF titleholder going into the bout. Lopez scored the unanimous decision victory over “Loma” to take all the gold. Lomachenko has expressed his belief that he did enough to earn the win.
“No. I didn’t underestimate him, I wasn’t too confident. I believed in win, I believed this (lingering shoulder injury) wouldn’t prevent me from winning. We could have postponed the fight but what if I had healed and quarantine would have begun? Or what if Lopez had another fight and got injured or lost his belt? I didn’t want to get the belt from Teofimo in the first place. I wanted to become an absolute world champion precisely at the time. If I had postponed the fight, it would’ve been unknown when the next one would happen, and if it would happen at all.”
Lomachenko was able to watch the fight back and he still feels he should’ve had his hand raised. “Loma” went as far as to theorize that bribery was involved in the judges’ decision.
“I said I wasn’t ready to comment on the fight without watching it first. And I said that I thought I didn’t lose the fight. And I can repeat it today, I didn’t lose the fight. I took the second round, he took the first, third, fourth, fifth. The sixth remains questionable. However, his win reflects the bias against myself. If we counted scores strictly by the book, the scorecards would be different. I took one round in the first half of the fight and five rounds for the second one, namely 7 through 11. We’ve got 6-6, which is a draw. And if it’s a draw we use the unspoken rule in boxing, we look for rounds 10-12. And I won two of them. It’s 2-1.
“Even if I won three rounds in the first half of the fight I wouldn’t win the fight as for the scorecards. What does it say? It’s not about bias, it’s about being bribed. There was nothing about honest judging. I don’t know whose game it was…I do think it was somebody’s game. They knew the possibility of knockout from my side was around 20%. Why not then?”