Vasyl Lomachenko Stops Jorge Linares, Claims Lightweight World Title

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Lomachenko improved to 11-1 with 9 knockouts, while Linares fell to 44-4 with 27 wins inside the distance. The right hand is working and landing regularly, and it could be an early night for Barrera if he doesn't defend against it.

Lomachenko gets hit less and makes people miss more than Linares does, however, that's not to say that Linares is not elite defensively.

"I prepared for the last few rounds", Lomachenko said, "and my father [Anatoly] told me, 'You need to go to the body.' ..." The first round was very close with most ringside observers split on who won the round.

Lomachenko finished off the tightly contested bout with a fierce burst in the 10th, capped by a left to the body that sent Linares down.

'I wanted to continue. He knows that I'm not an ordinary fighter.

Champion said after the fight that followed on the battle - worked well to the body.

This will be a good fight. Linares weighed in at 134½ pounds, too, but the former champion was believed to be at least 10 pounds heavier than Lomachenko by the time their bout began. Having been in the Pro game for a significantly longer period of time, Linares will've picked up a lot of rough-house tactics which could help him break down Lomachenko. He also found the target with a left and a right, but was unable to follow up. As the Venezuelan retreated, hurt, Lomachenko feinted upstairs before sneaking a scythe-like left hook beneath Linares' tucked elbow, straight to the liver.

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

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

While Vasyl Lomachenko was fighting for his third world title in just his 12th professional fight.

Linares had momentum after that, and was throwing tons of punches.

Lomachenko was able to bloody the nose of Linares in the fifth round. Lomachenko was ahead 86-84 on judge Steve Weisfeld's scorecard, while Linares was up by the same score on Robin Taylor's card, and Julie Lederman had the fight even. Still, a fun scrap to get the fans warmed up for the main event.

The TKO that made Lomachenko the new WBA lightweight world champion.

The pace in the opening round was tepid as the two fighters sampled each other's wares.

"I relaxed a little bit", Lomachenko said.

Lomachenko put sharp combinations of two, three, four punches together in the third and fourth.

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