Vasiliy Lomachenko TKOs Jorge Linares to become fastest three-division boxing champion

by Leon Thompson May 14, 2018, 3:24
Vasiliy Lomachenko TKOs Jorge Linares to become fastest three-division boxing champion

Lomachenko and Linares, along with numerous undercard fighters, met the media one last time on Thursday.

Arum said Lomachenko will fight again on August 25 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, but wasn't sure if it would be against WBO lightweight champion Ray Beltran or if Lomachenko would go back to 130. "He established himself as a great fighter". Although Lomachenko has the higher "KO' ratio, he's not actually physically knocked as many opponents out as Linares, but has instead made them quit through frustration". To put the feat into perspective, generational geniuses Oscar De La Hoya (22), Floyd Mayweather (34) and Manny Pacquiao (41) all took significantly longer to match the mark.

Respect box? Subscribe to my podcast - In This Corner with Brian Campbell - where we take an in-depth look at the world of boxing each week. About four punches later, a second left to the body sent Linares down.

Referee Ricky Gonzalez waved the fight off as Lomachenko leapt to the ropes and saluted the wild NY crowd.

"Going into this fight, we knew "Loma" was a huge talent", said Lomachenko's promoter, Bob Arum.

But the professional ranks are an entirely different matter and we have seen talented fighters coming from the amateur ranks fall by the wayside once the level of competition increased.

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At the time of the stoppage, one judge had it scored for Lomachenko 86-84, another for Linares by the same score, and the third judge had it even. The third judge had it 85-85. The champ then launched a short, sweet lead right hand to the chin of Lomachenko, who landed on the seat of his trousers.

That said, Lomachenko agrees he is now in with bigger boys. Set up by the Jab, Linares was content to get up close to let his hands go.

Vasyl Lomachenko survived a knockdown to beat Jorge Linares and become the quickest three weight champion in history. Munguia was in complete control and it seemed only a matter of time before he landed the decisive blow, sending Ali to the canvas once more in the fourth round to end the fight.

Linares, a southpaw, thought the fight was stopped prematurely, but still credited Lomachenko for getting the win. Barrera continued to hang in the fight into the eighth round and showed a willingness to exchange, and he may have stolen the round when he landed some short shots on Adames when his back was against the ropes.

"Linares lost little other than his title in defeat, and produced a performance which justified his own positioning in many pundits" pound-for-pound top-10s. I knew Lomachenko wanted it. "If you (Linares) think you wanted to continue and you understand the referee could stop the fight - you need to stand up for a couple of seconds after that and show that you are capable of boxing on".

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