Vasyl Lomachenko faced adversity for the first time in his career, a sixth-round knockdown on a Jorge Linares straight right hand, but the two-time Olympic gold medalist rose to his feet, and stopped Linares in the 10th round with a attractive left hand to the liver to win his third world title in as many weight classes Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko will move up in weight to try to win a world title in his third weight class.
The Venezuelan got to his feet, but referee Ricky Gonzalez waved it off at 2:08 of the 10th to give Lomachenko a victory by technical knockout.
The great ones always seek out the most hard challenges, and Lomachenko said he would like to unify.
Linares landed the fight's first noticeable punches early in the second round but Lomachenko began to get dialed in later in the round, and Linares' face showed some frustration by the end of the third as Lomachenko kept landing quick combinations and dancing out of the way when Linares fired back.
NY took the fight for the title of world champion on Boxing in easy weight under version WBO.
Lomachenko's left hand finished the fight in round ten.
After suffering a flash knockdown during the sixth round, Lomachenko seemed to fight the seventh round on steady legs. There really isn't any good reason to disregard the lower weight classes in the sport of Boxing, they present the most action, and the best bang for your buck.
Linares came right at Lomachenko in the beginning of the tenth round but Lomachenko was able to slow him down with an accurate jab.
To the surprise of many at ringside and a partisan crowd, the judges had it as an even fight when it ended.
Lomachenko was much busier at the start of the fourth. Understanding the reality of the math on the scorecards, Linares stepped it up in the ninth and stung Lomachenko with a solid combination in the middle of the round and continued to press forward.
"I thought the fight showed Linares is a helluva fighter, and Loma just stayed in there and knocked him out with a body shot", Arum said. Lomachenko had won another world title. Those four victories over previously undefeated Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa, Miguel Marriaga and then-unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux came in fights contested at the super featherweight limit of 130 pounds. The 32-year-old has put together 13 wins in a-row since last tasting defeat and in particular during that time, he has, made a name for himself in the UK.
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