Vasyl Lomachenko won Linares and was the WBA lightweight champion

Vasyl Lomachenko won Linares and was the WBA lightweight champion

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. That brutal body blow left Linares on one knee.

WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares bristles at the notion that he will be the next fighter to quit against pound-for-pound ace Vasyl Lomachenko when they meet tonight at Madison Square Garden.

He won the vacant WBO featherweight strap versus the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr., as well as stopping Roman Martinez to become the WBO super-featherweight world champion. "I prepared for the last few rounds, and my father [trainer Anatoly Lomachenko] told me, 'You need to go to the body'".

Who do you want to see Linares and Lomachenko fight next?

Before scoring his eighth straight knockout, Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) had to get off the canvas late in the sixth round.

"That right hand [in the sixth] it was a great punch".

Each fighter was ahead 86-84 on a judge's card, while Julie Lederman had it 85-all after nine rounds.

He fought most of the fight Saturday with an injured hand. Of course, the talk of a rematch would begin, but I don't know if that will ever happen. But I think Lomachenko will get the decision. "I've been busy and active so I feel like I'm very unsafe right now". I wanted to continue.

Lomachenko weighed in at 134½ pounds Friday for his lightweight debut.

Will Lomachenko make history, or will Linares defy the odds and keep his belt?

Lomachenko said he got too comfortable in the sixth - and that led to Linares knocking him down.

Linares' stiff jab knocked Lomachenko off balance with just under two minutes remaining in the ninth round. He added that he injured his hand in the second round. When was the last time such a fight ended up being competitive, let alone resulting in such a changing of the guard? Like Lomachenko, he possesses speed aplenty and dazzling technical skills. The knockdown opened up the fight for Linares to take control. He popped Lomachenko, knocking him off his feet and sitting down hard, resulting in the first knockdown of his career. "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.

Lomachenko was able to bloody the nose of Linares in the fifth round.

For his part, Lomachenko did not seem anxious in the least that he might now be seen as "also human being" instead of as a once-in-a-generation force of nature against whom mere mortals have no chance of conquering.

Lomachenko wasn't seriously hurt, but would he be shaken up enough mentally for Linares to move in? Lomachenko continued to stay on the attack in the fourth round.

The main event of the night was between Jorge Linares (44-3) and Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1) for the WBA Lightweight Title.

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