Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Linares: I Want To Continue, To Keep Working - Ref Stopped It!

Linares: I Want To Continue, To Keep Working - Ref Stopped It!

Linares had Vasily fierce resistance, but to thwart the plans of a Ukrainian upgrade of the Guinness book of world Boxing still failed. About four punches later, a second left to the body sent Linares down. That brutal body blow left Linares on one knee. Linares, a Summerlin resident, managed to get up but the referee waved it off at the 2:08 mark.

Vasyl Lomachenko goes for a world title in a third weight division in just his 12th pro bout Saturday as he challenges World Boxing Association lightweight champion Jorge Linares. Lomachenko previously won the WBO featherweight title and the WBO super featherweight championship.

He added: "Linares is a great champion, and the fight was good for the fans and everybody". However, Linares will - in my opinion - be capable of making Lomachenko think a lot more than any of his former professional opponents. His straight right hand was finding it's home often and he was in control. Don't expect a couple long fights - these will go before the bell. The Post had Lomachenko leading 87-83 after nine rounds. The third judge, Julie Lederman, had it even when the fight was stopped (85-85).

"It really doesn't bother me to go up in weight", Lomachenko said.

After the fight, Arum shared his interest in bringing Lomachenko back as early as August 25 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, with WBO lightweight champion Ray Beltran as a possible opponent. The bigger and taller Venezuelan boxer, owns the WBA belt and will be the toughest test of Lomachenko's boxing career.

At the time of the stoppage, Lomachenko trailed on one scorecard.

As Lomachenko was confidently hopping around the ring in the sixth round, Linares connected with a hard overhand right as Lomachenko moved forward and was immediately knocked down. OF course there are physical limitations to to changing the composition of your muscle mass. Lomachenko latest victory against Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux was considered a clash of two of the sport's finest competitors.

He has the reach advantage, he's got the experience and he's got decent enough power to give Lomachenko problems.

Lomachenko said Thursday he needed to finally be put in danger to show his complete array of skills, and they were on display in the 10th round with a series of shots that Linares couldn't defend, especially the left to his midsection that took the biggest toll.

The second saw Lomachenko begin to pick-pocket Linares close up, using the angles and his footwork to create scoring opportunities.

After suffering a flash knockdown during the sixth round, Lomachenko seemed to fight the seventh round on steady legs. I'm not rooting for anyone because it's a good match-up.

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