Lomachenko stops Linares for historic third world title

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Lomachenko stops Linares for historic third world title

Not when he possesses an arsenal of skills that may be unparalleled in the sport that he wants to demonstrate.

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Lomachenko landed 213 of 627 punches (34 percent) and Martirosyan and Linares connected on 207 of 739 (28 percent).

Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round on Saturday, May 12, to claim the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight world title and a slice of boxing history at Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko now sits at 11-1 on the world, with 9 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

"I relaxed a little bit", the two-time Olympic champion Lomachenko said after suffering the first knockdown of his professional career.

"Yes, absolutely I believe it".

"Whoever's the best available, whichever makes the most sense, that's what we're gonna go after".

I knew about this punch.

So has Linares. He was stopped in the 11th round by Antonio DeMarco in a fight for a vacant lightweight title in 2011 at Staples Center.

But unlike when he fought at the smaller Theater inside MSG in December in his last bout, a sixth-round stoppage of the smaller Guillermo Rigondeaux, this time Lomachenko faced a bigger man and a much bigger test. And look, I still have all of the teachings Salas has given me. One judge gave preference to Ukrainian, 86:84, the second with the same score, the Venezuelan, the third decided the fight a draw 85:85. He devastated everybody at 130. Now he's moving up to 135 and people say is this a bridge too far?

It took Vasiliy Lomachenko longer than he might've expected, but he eventually overwhelmed Jorge Linares on Saturday night. But that's what boxing is all about. This short comparison, just goes to show how 50/50 this fight is!

"Being on this card with Golden Boy and Top Rank, it's a blessing". Basil elusive kick to the liver sent Linares in knockdown - Jorge rose to his feet, but the referee in the ring saw in his eyes the desire to continue the battle and clinched the win, Lomachenko by TKO.

But the fighters themselves wanted the bout and when they insisted it happen, the promoters got it made.

He added: "Linares is a great champion, and the fight was good for the fans and everybody".

That starts with the will to keep punching through punishment. As if to exact revenge, Lomachenko ended the fifth round with a brilliant combination of five or six head shots and returned to his corner talking back over his shoulder to Linares.

"He didn't surprise me as I thought he was going to surprise me", said Linares.

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