Vasyl Lomachenko Stops Jorge Linares, Claims Lightweight World Title

Jorge Linares vs Vasyl Lomachenko Press Conference

However, Linares will - in my opinion - be capable of making Lomachenko think a lot more than any of his former professional opponents.

Lomachenko's left hook to Linares' liver was reminiscent to the punch Bernard Hopkins landed to defeat Oscar De La Hoya 14 years ago at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. That brutal body blow left Linares on one knee. Lomachenko won his third world title in just his 12th professional fight, a record.

An even fourth round saw both have telling successes with both exchanging shots to the body early in the round courtesy of left hands. "I prepared for the last few rounds, and my father [and trainer Anatoly] told me, 'You need to go to the body.' Linares is a great champion, and the fight was good for the fans and everybody".

"Linares is a great champion and the fight was good for the fans and everybody", he said.

Lomachenko survived a sixth-round knockdown to score a 10th-round technical knockout of Jorge Linares to take the lightweight world championship in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card.

Lomachenko, the new champion, has won championships in three weight classes since suffering a controversial defeat to Orlando Salido in his second outing.

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A straight right in the sixth from the Venezuelan floored Lomachenko, who seemed shake and stayed away until the round was over. Judges had it 86-84 Lomachenko, 86-84 Linares and 85-85, the same as Yahoo Sports. It's almost impossible to argue against Lomachenko as the best fighter in the game right now. It had to be demoralizing to Linares to be unable to capitalize on the opportunity. "I don't know who he fights at 130 that gives him a challenge".

Linares came right at Lomachenko in the beginning of the tenth round but Lomachenko was able to slow him down with an accurate jab. "It doesn't bother me if I stop him, if he quits or if it's a judges' decision - I just want to win", said Lomachenko. "Loma!" as he made his ring walk - which came first for a change since he was the challenger - and waved blue and gold flags for much of the night. You do not know how to learn from other people's mistakes - so you make yours.

Though Linares found marginally more success than he had a verse prior, Lomachenko finished on the right side of a fleeting exchange to squeak it.

Lomachenko wasn't seriously hurt, but would he be shaken up enough mentally for Linares to move in?

He landed 52.8 percent of his punches, according to CompuBox, and connected on 51.9 percent of his power shots.

It also took Floyd 25 fights for him to gain acceptance as a potential pound-for-pound entrant when he outclassed the late Diego Corrales.

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