Vasiliy Lomachenko undergoes shoulder surgery after losing lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez, per report


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Just days after losing his lightweight championship unification bout to Teofimo Lopez Jr., Vasiliy Lomachenko underwent shoulder surgery. The procedure was to repair Lomachenko’s right shoulder and should keep him out of the gym until early 2021, according to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.

Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KO) was favored against Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) but was largely ineffective for the first seven rounds of the fight, allowing Lopez to build up a nearly-insurmountable lead. Lomachenko would come on late, but it was too late for him to turn things around as Lopez won the fight by scores of 116-112, 119-109 and 117-111.

Lomachenko also suffered a torn right labrum in his 2018 bout with Jorge Linares, the fight where he became world lightweight champion. “I couldn’t use my right arm to throw my right hook,” Lomachenko said after the Linares fight.

The situation is reportedly similar after the fight with Lopez, with Lomachenko saying he suffered pain when trying to throw his right hook, a key part of Lomachenko’s strategy from his southpaw stance. According to Iole, the surgery was not believed to be as extensive as that which Lomachenko underwent in 2018.

The loss to Lopez snapped a 13-fight winning streak for Lomachenko, and was only the second defeat of his pro career, with the first coming in 2014 in only the second bout of his pro career.





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