Fast Results from NYC: Lomachenko Gets Off the Deck to Stop Linares

Aubrey Yates
May 13, 2018

After being knocked down for the first time in his career, Lomachenko bounced back and knocked out Linares with a crushing left body hook in the 10th round to win the WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight title, becoming the fastest man in boxing history to win a world title in three weight classes.

Vasiliy Lomachenko at times looks invincible, a master technician who can do no wrong in the ring.

I want to say thank you to Jorge Linares, he is a great fighter and he gave me one more lesson in boxing, said Lomachenko, who was sent to the canvas by a straight right to the nose late in the sixth round. The Ukrainian wizard was in uncharted territory.

The outcome ended Linares' 13-fight win streak - which began after suffering back to back knockout losses.

The Ukranian boxer knocked out Linares in the tenth round with a left cross to the body after eight straight punches.

Linares managed to get back up onto his feet but referee Ricky Gonzalez waved off the contest at the 2:08 mark.

Despite putting the Venezuelan away in brutal fashion with a quick shot to the liver, it was far from easy for Lomachenko whose chin was tested by Linares on multiple occasions.

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Vasiliy Lomachenko smiles after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in NY.

Lomachenko was ahead on the scorecard of judge Steve Weisfeld (86-84) through nine rounds, but he was behind 86-84 on judge Robin Taylor's card.

Lomachenko, entering just his 12th professional bout, is looking to add a third title in a third weight class. "The fight will take place in Los Angeles, as Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S. told me today that lives there 57 thousand Ukrainians", - said Arum. The right hand is working and landing regularly, and it could be an early night for Barrera if he doesn't defend against it.

Top Rank and BoxNation are collaborating to air Lomachenko vs. Linares live in the United Kingdom and online through the live streaming service, the event will start at midnight on May 13. But after seeing his previous four opponents, including the much-ballyhooed Guillermo Rigondeaux, quit on their stools, Lomachenko was more concerned about the entertainment value than Linares.

'I wanted to continue. But I think Lomachenko will get the decision.

As a fighter with such an outstanding amateur record and pedigree, Lomachenko wins this one!

Lomachenko moved up to 135 pounds to challenge Linares because he couldn't secure title unification fights at 130 pounds.

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