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Vasiliy Lomachenko Returns, Unifies WBA, WBO Lightweight Belts

Vasiliy Lomachenko made his triumphant return to the ring Saturday night, besting Jose Pedraza to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight titles.

Lomachenko suffered a torn labrum, but was able to turn his offense on in the later rounds, scoring a pair of knockdowns in the 11th on his way to claiming a decision inside the Hulu Theatre in New York City.

The win moved Lomachenko to 12-1 in his career and was his 11th consecutive win since a 2014 split decision loss to Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight belt. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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