Vasyl Lomachenko beats Jose Pedraza in New York to claim WBO lightweight title

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VASYL LOMACHENKO produced a dominant display to beat Jose Pedraza in New York and claim the WBO lightweight world title.

The Ukrainian now has two of the major belts and his sights firmly set on unifying the division next year.

Vasyl Lomachenko beat Jose Pedraza in New York to claim the WBO lightweight belt
Vasyl Lomachenko beat Jose Pedraza in New York to claim the WBO lightweight belt
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The Ukrainian knocked down his opponent twice in the 11th round but won with a unanimous decision
The Ukrainian knocked down his opponent twice in the 11th round but won with a unanimous decision
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He beat the Puerto Rican on a unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, with one judge even scoring the fight 119-107 emphasises just how dominant Lomachenko was.

Two knockdowns in a brilliant 11th round put him on the brink of victory but Pedraza refused to be beaten without a fight.

It was the first time in four years that Lomachenko went the distance to a points decision – the last tiem was when he beat Gary Russell Jr in 2014.

He could not retaliate and was ultimately undone, though, losing the belt he won in August at his first defence.