Ukrainian sensation overcomes knockdown to win lightweight world title
From Madison Square Garden in New York City Jorge Linares (44-4,27KO’s) put his WBA Lightweight Title on the line against Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1,9KO’s). Lomachenko in his first fight at lightweight, trying to win a title in a third division.
The bout started out with both men standing right in front of each other, in with Lomachenko landing the biggest punch of the round a lead straight left hand. Linares stood in the pocket in the second having success with the right hand over the top. Lomachenko landed a beautiful three punch combination, two body shots with an uppercut that split the guard of Linares.
Lomachenko seemed to be getting into rhythm by the third, using his movement and landing combinations. Linares landed a nice short uppercut in the round as well. Linares was game however coming forward exchanging and landing on Lomachenko. However, I it was Lomachenko stepping up the pressure landing combinations throughout the fourth round.
Lomachenko ripped Linares with some big combinations while using his angles to end the fifth. Lomachenko began to get confident and got caught with a straight right that dropped him in sixth round, giving Linares the round. Lomachenko fought a more defensive minded round in the seventh, with both men getting into exchanges in spots throughout the round.
Linares suffered a cut over his left eye that Lomachenko immediately attacked. Linares was having success from time to time catching Lomachenko going straight back. Linares landed a good combination in the middle of the ring in the ninth round, he was clearly game showing tremendous heart and coming forward.
Going into the championship rounds it was a good fight so far with both men having their moments in the bout. In the tenth however Lomachenko would step up the pressure when he landed a perfect body shot that floored the Venezuelan and he was unable to continue.
It was a big win for Vasyl Lomachenko winning a title in his third different weight classes in just 12 fights. That man has skills!