Vasyl Lomachenko KO's Jorge Linares

Vasyl Lomachenko KO's Jorge Linares

Before scoring his eighth straight knockout, Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) had to get off the canvas late in the sixth round. He breaks opponents down then he breaks their hearts.

But this fight was not like every other bout.

Jorge Linares was making the fourth defence of his WBA lightweight world title after capturing the belt against Anthony Crolla in 2016. At the time of his 10th-round stoppage, Lomachenko led on one scorecard, trailed on another and was level on the third. His power shots came from his right hand, but he was still fluid and smooth in his southpaw stance.

Lomachenko gets hit less and makes people miss more than Linares does, however, that's not to say that Linares is not elite defensively. But Lomachenko wasn't badly hurt and picked up where he left off in the next frame.

Vasyl Lomachenko in a battle with Jorge Linares has extended its series of early wins to eight fights. Lomachenko would later justify this as the product of his being too relaxed but the Ukranian ensured this was no lament: he stopped the fight in the tenth round with a ferocious body shot.

"He didn't surprise me as I thought he was going to surprise me", Linares said. "What bothers me is I'm wondering if this fight will be interesting for the fans, interesting for the public".

"If he wanted revenge - of course, without question, I'll give you a rematch". He knows that I'm not an ordinary fighter. 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 commanded the fight from a tactical standpoint, getting into a middle distance where he was able to get his punches off and blunt Linares' reach advantage.

It's the modern way to want to call someone the greatest, and Lomachenko hasn't even fought 10 full rounds as a lightweight yet.

Suddenly the cheers of "Loma!"

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Lomachenko arrived at the arena to find a personalized Knicks jersey hanging in his locker and the crowd that included new Knicks coach David Fizdale roared when clips of him warming up were shown on the arena's video screens. He also found the target with a left and a right, but was unable to follow up.

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.

It was a brilliant display of boxing from both men, but Lomachenko's speed took over the fight as it wore on.

Promoter Bob Arum said after the fight Lomachenko will return to action August 25 at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Said Linares: "The knockout punch was perfectly landed". The judges had it a draw coming into the ultimate round, a bit too close but a demonstration that the fight was closer than the near wipeout ESPN was calling.

Arum said Lomachenko will return on another Top Rank Boxing on ESPN main event on August 25 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, which raises a lot of questions.

The TKO that made Lomachenko the new WBA lightweight world champion. Lomachenko scored another telling combination as the final minute mark came in the round.

The third saw Linares score with his telling right hooks which has been the main part of his arsenal throughout his career.

But he has everything it takes to succeed at lightweight and, even as Arum grimaced as Lomachenko was asked about fighting the victor of a potential Mikey Garcia-Robert Easter title fight, Lomachenko said he would be up for the challenge.

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