Jorge Linares vs Vasyl Lomachenko

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Jorge Linares vs Vasyl Lomachenko
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Date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Location: 
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
135
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Lightweight World Title
Referee: 
Ricky Gonzalez

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Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to win WBA 135lb title, become a three-weight world champion. Lomachenko did not have everything his own way (as he had in his last 5 consecutive fights), Linares dropped Lomachenko in round 6 with a counter right hand, and competed with the Ukranian favourite in the following rounds, having been seemingly outclassed until he scored the knockdown. Despite being challenged, even dropped, Lomachenko dug deep, outfought Linares, and found a few great finishing punches, in particular, a stand out, lethal liver shot, to finish the fight.

After 9 rounds, officially, neither fighter was winning.
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Fan Cards: Jorge Linares vs Vasyl Lomachenko


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scorecard by DIZZY
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scorecard by CHAMPION97
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scorecard by ZAC.RJ
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scorecard by EDDIE HEARN GIRL
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scorecard by MIKE25
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scorecard by RUET
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scorecard by HTTP
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scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
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scorecard by GOLD
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scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
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scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
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scorecard by ENDOFME1994
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Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I love this fight! Can't wait!
I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but hats off to the two sides, De La Hoya, Arum, they were professional, Linares and Lomachenko want to face the challenge of fighting each other, and now get to see them fight! Awesome!

Lomachenko is the favourite, of course he is, he is ranked in the top 2 by most people, the very best, by a fair few, Linares is at the very least, very good, he's experienced, lightening fast, skilled, but he is not considered by many if any people, to be a top 10 pound for pound fighter.
Linares has really impressed with his last 4 victories, boxing superbly against Anthony Crolla, Luke Campbell, Mercito Gesta. Linares wins, he boxes well, he beats tough opponents, but Lomachenko, he seems like something else when he fights, he dominates, wins every round, makes opponents want to stop boxing, he humiliates fighters, inflicts damage, moves extremely well, sets guys up to be hurt, he's offensively brilliant, he goes through the gears, and his last 5 wins have all been phenomenal, he is particularly dominant in victory, it seems easy for him most of the time. It isn't hard to see why Lomachenko is expected to beat Linares, I don't think Lomachenko has lost a round since 2015, and I can't remember the last time a guy challenged him, at all, his dominance stands out.

Linares should not be written off in this fight, he is the defending champion, he is the A-side, he also has the weight advantage in this fight, which (because he is the underdog) makes it much more interesting.
- Linares is slightly taller than Lomachenko
- Linares has the much longer arms
Lomachenko fought at 126 for his first 6 fights (2013-15), he then moved up to 130, and had the remaining 5 of his 11 past fights, at that weight (2016-17), this is his first fight at 135, he is at an age when moving up in weight might be expected, and might be wise, he was always a big featherweight, I didn't see him really struggle, get bullied, or lose power at 130, but nevertheless, in 4-5 years as a professional, this is Lomachenko's second move up in weight, he will carry some extra weight he isn't used to, and he is fighting one of the most if not the most challenging of his 12 opponents, when he is at 135, he will be fighting one of the best in the division, and a very good fighter who is bigger than any fighter he has ever been in against, an experienced lightweight (Linares has been competing at 135 for over 3 years).

Lomachenko is 2-3 years younger than Linares, and whilst he has had a busy few years in professional boxing, he hasn't had many tough fights, he has never taken a beating, and there aren't many miles, for Linares, well, he has had a very long career, 15 years now, two of his last 4 fights have been tough, we saw him on the edge of defeat against Kevin Mitchell in 2015, and he has been stopped 3 times. I think is safe to say Lomachenko is the younger, and the fresher of the two fighters.

This is a very interesting fight indeed.
I think Linares's speed is exceptional, he can punch, he can move, and he has great knowledge of knowing when to and not throw shots, take risks, he is a nightmare to fight, especially if he is your first opponent in your third weight category.
Lomachenko's footwork is outstanding, he doesn't use the ring so much in fights, because it hasn't been necessary, he has stood and engaged in fights often, but he is light on his feet, and the way he pivots, and pivots at a certain sized angle, and his feet look like they have invisible string tied to keep them in line, I think sets him apart from most fighter. Lomachenko just looks like he has gotten so good at boxing, he must have been practicing literally all his life, his amateur record is the best I've ever heard of, I think he is just that combination of talent, and dedication, like Floyd Mayweather Jr.

I think, in all realism, Lomachenko is going to struggle to a certain extent, with the weight, it does affect your speed, power, and you are being attacked and hit by a bigger, stronger fighter.
I don't think Lomachenko really has any serious weaknesses, he is very much a complete boxer, and I think his objective (rather than to become better at what hebalready does well, at an unnatural rate) has been to work on every single flaw or weakness of his in the ring, it sounds like an exaggeration, but if you are a trainer, and you want to give your fighter instructions, tell him what to capitalise upon, what do you tell him?, in what aspect does Lomachenko lack?, I think Linares is going to struggle to find gaps, openings, and Lomachenko, not necessarily doing anything to deter him, but just remaining focused without making a single mistake, it is going to put pressure on Linares to take risks. Having said this, Linares doesn't make many mistakes himself, he is also a solid all round boxer.

I think Lomachenko will win this fight, and I think by stoppage as well.
I think Lomachenko is a class above Linares, I think they are both great fighters, but Lomachenko's skills are just a level above Linares's, I think he is outstanding at breaking down opponents, setting them up, his variety, versatility, I think is a big part of what sets up above Linares in class.
Linares, when dragged into a fight he doesn't want to be in, has been known to come apart, he does have vulnerabilities, his chin isn't so sturdy, Lomachenko may struggle a bit to hurt Linares because he is hitting a bigger guy, and the weight change might compromise his power a little, but I still think he is more than capable of really hurting Linares. Linares is nkt very old, 32, he has been active, but I do think at this point, he is slowly declining, that isn't going to do anything for his recovery, speed, punch resistance, and against Lomachenko, he can't afford to decrease in strength in any ways if he is going to win, which he does have, I think (though slim) a chance of doing.

If Lomachenko wins, and stays at 135, and Garcia comes back 135, and stays there!, as he should, then Garcia vs Lomachenko could be an absolutely incredible fight, it could be an even bigger deal than Golovkin vs Canelo.

Gold's picture

I think this should be an excellent fight! This will certainly be very entertaining for casual and hardcore fans alike as both guys have very flashy, eye catching styles. I think this was the best realistic fight that could be made for both Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares. I am very confident that Lomachenko will win this fight, I believe it is around a 90/10 fight for Lomachenko. Despite me thinking it is such a slim chance for Linares to win, I think that it will be a very competitive fight. However, I believe Lomachenko has most of the advantages in this fight and he will be able to exploit the weaknesses of Linares.

I believe there may be some outside factors in this fight. The fight is in New York City, New York in the big room at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko is likely the most well known and liked boxer by casual fans in the United States outside of Canelo. I believe Lomachenko will have the crowd behind him. I don’t think there are really any judging concerns, Golden Boy has had some very questionable cards in the past but Lomachenko is the A-side with Top Rank’s backing.

For Linares, this is certainly the biggest fight of his career, however, he is a very experienced professional with forty seven bouts and four championships in three weight classes. He is a 5’8 orthodox boxer with a 69 inch reach and is 32 years old. He had a decent amateur career, almost 100 fights, but he fought at the domestic Venezuelan amateur level. He turned professional at just 18 years old at Featherweight in Japan. He got his first title opportunity for the vacant WBC Featherweight title versus Oscar Larios, a decorated and long reigning former Super Bantamweight and future Featherweight champion. Linares dominated Larios with his versatile and sophisticated offense to stop Larios.
After defending his title once, he moved up and won the vacant WBA Super Featherweight title which he defended once. He lost his Super Featherweight title in his second defense to a young Juan Salgado who overwhelmed him with pressure and stopped Linares in the first round. Linares moved up again and got a title opportunity versus Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC Lightweight title. The once defeated DeMarco was outboxed by Linares for the vast majority of the fight and was on the way to losing the fight. Despite this, DeMarco kept pressuring Linares, cut Linares up stopped Linares. Linares was meant to rebound with a tune-up versus Sergio Thompson, but Thompson exploited Linares’ inability to deal with pressure, cutting and stopping Linares in the second round.
At this point, many thought Linares’ career was over, but through his work with Cuban trainer Ismael Salas he has rebuilt his career. He won the vacant WBC Lightweight title versus Francisco Prieto, defended it in a grueling tenth round technical knockout victory over Kevin Mitchell who dropped Linares but was ultimately overwhelmed by Linares’ offense. After an easy defense versus Ivan Cano, Linares was stripped of his title, but rebounded with a fight versus WBA Lightweight champion Anthony Crolla. Linares outboxed Crolla to win a close but clear decision to take the WBA Lightweight title and the vacant Ring Magazine title. Linares rematched Crolla and beat him easily in a showcase of his boxing skills, dropping Crolla and winning a wide decision.
Linares then defended his title against Olympic gold medal champion Luke Campbell. Linares came out hot and dropped Campbell with a beautiful combination in the second round and looked to be on the road to winning widely. Yet, Campbell, a long rangey southpaw, boxed his way back into the fight as Linares was not able to put together his offense for long amounts of time. Linares escaped with a close but seemingly clear split decision. After this, he made the third defense of his WBA and Ring Magazine titles in a tune-up wide decision victory over Mercito Gesta.
Overall, Linares is likely a top twenty or twenty five pound for pound boxer in the world. He has a very flashy but sophisticated offense that can easily overwhelm opponents. His movement is good, but his defense is questionable. While he has retooled his game under Salas, there are still some weaknesses that are apparent in Linares’ game. He can still be overwhelmed by pressure, he can still be cut easily, and he does not have the mental fortitude and conditioning to keep his offense going for three minutes a round every round.

For Lomachenko, my third best pound for pound fighter, this is arguably the biggest fight of his career. Yet, he has been in plenty of big fights in his short career as a professional. In eleven bouts he has fought in ten world title fights and is a two weight champion. He is a 5’7 southpaw boxer with a 65 ½ inch reach and is 30 years old. Lomachenko had a very long and storied amateur career, arguably one of the greatest of all times. He went 396-1, avenged his one loss and most notably won the 2007 World Championships and Olympic gold in 2008 at Featherweight and the 2009 World Championships, 2011 World Championships, and Olympic gold in 2012 as a Lightweight. He then fought and won six World Series of Boxing fights, which are essentially professional fights but do not count towards Lomachenko’s professional record.
After an easy victory in his “first” professional bout versus Jose Ramirez, Lomachenko was given a title shot versus the veteran four time two weight champion Orlando Siri Salido for Salido’s WBO Featherweight title. If he had won this “second” pro bout, he would have set the record for fewest fights to win a title. Taking this fight proved to be a miscalculation by Lomachenko’s management and promoter and is likely one of the most controversial recent high profile fights. Salido was stripped of his title on the scales making the title vacant and only on the line for Lomachenko. Salido boxed masterfully in the first portion of the fight, pressuring, working the body, showing very advanced inside boxing skills and overwhelming Lomachenko who was not throwing enough. Lomachenko began to win some rounds and make the fight closer, and Salido used some veteran “tactics” in the second half of the fight with a few low blows to try to persevere. Lomachenko didn’t step on the gas until the 11th round and he nearly got Salido out of there but Salido held on to win a deserved split decision.
After this early set back, he rebounded versus Gary Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO Featherweight title. Russell showed his great hand speed at times but Lomachenko neutralized and outboxed him to win a majority decision that should have been a wide unanimous decision. He then defended his title three times versus mediocre opposition before moving up to Super Featherweight to challenge Roman Martinez for Martinez’s WBO Super Featherweight title. Lomachenko beat Martinez in impressive fashion, stopping him in the fifth round. He then fought in an anticipated matchup versus former WBA Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters. Walters was seen as a top fighter previously by beating old versions of Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, but his motivation was seriously questionable, and he lost his title on the scales versus Miguel Marriaga. Lomachenko put a beating on Walters and Walters corner called a stop to the fight after seven rounds.
Following this, Lomachenko fought two more overmatched opponents in Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga, who Lomachenko forced corner stoppages from. In his latest fight and the fourth defense of his WBO Super Featherweight title, Lomachenko fought fellow two time Olympic gold medal champion and pound for pound fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux. This was a highly anticipated battle, but Rigondeaux was just too aged and too small to present a challenge to Lomachenko who won via sixth round corner stoppage. Overall, Lomachenko is an extremely well rounded fighter. He has sophisticated and high level movement, offense, and defense outside of his loss to Orlando Salido. The one possibly questionable area is if he will have enough power to get respect at Lightweight.
Lomachenko is unquestionably a pound for pound level fighter due to his skill and consistency. However, there is a question of how good his opposition actually has been considering he has not unified titles and some believe him to be the best boxer pound for pound in the world. In my opinion, there are three categories of fighters he has fought. Lower level overmatched contenders, contenders/former champions/champions with oversized reputations compared to their actual ability, and legitimate world class opponents. Here’s how I think his opponents break down and I think this shows that Lomachenko has quite a poor resume for a top five pound for pound fighter.

Lower level overmatched contenders (5/11):
-Jose Ramirez, Suriya Tatakhun, Gamalier Rodriguez, Romulo Koasicha, Miguel Marriaga

None of these guys really deserved to be fighting in a world title fight versus someone of Lomachenko’s caliber

Contenders/former champions/champions with oversized reputations compared to their actual ability (4/11):
-Roman Martinez, Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa, Guillermo Rigondeaux

Roman Martinez has a terrible resume for a three time world champion, his best win being that versus an aging Salido. Walters who was unmotivated himself and whose claim to fame is beating an aging and unmotivated Donaire and an aged Darchinyan at Featherweight. Sosa won a title by beating Fortuna who was fighting with an absolutely unexplainable style under Sergio Martinez. Rigondeaux who came up two weights and is likely over 40 years old whose signature win was over three and a half years before he fought Lomachenko.

Legitimate world class opponents (2/11):
-Gary Russell Jr, Orlando Salido

Gary Russell is not as good of a name as Salido, Russell is just too inactive and does not fight the caliber of opponent to be considered a better name on his resume. Salido is by far the best name on his resume and he was quite aged when he beat Lomachenko.

I am very confident in Lomachenko’s ability to win this fight. I think despite him having to come up in weight and not being a big guy for Lightweight, he will be able to overcome those obstacles. Theoretically both of these guys are in or around their primes, perhaps Linares is slightly on the downside of his. Both of these guys have shown weaknesses in their defeats and although they have both improved those weaknesses may still exist in a lesser form. For Linares to win, he will have to use his natural size advantages and he will have to keep his offense going throughout the rounds, especially his combination punching. Linares is a good puncher but not a devastating one and he will want to pressure and invest to the body like Salido did to try to slow down Lomachenko’s movement, one of his best weapons. Linares has a nice jab and body jab and he has a significant height and reach advantage, so he must put this to use. His defense must be tighter than it has been before, he has had defensive lapses and Campbell, a slick southpaw, was able to land with relative frequency on him. He also must use his experience to push Lomachenko, even if he is not winning rounds he can make Lomachenko think and have to expend more energy than he usually does which can help him in later rounds. For Lomachenko to win, he needs to do the things he usually does, use his movement, overwhelm his opponents with sophisticated combination punching. He must avoid getting bogged down, being outpunched and outpointed by the larger Linares. Linares is a good enough technician that he will certainly land on Lomachenko, he is no Jason Sosa, and when Linares does land Lomachenko must stick to his guns. I don’t think Lomachenko has the power to stop Linares, but I believe he will outbox him to win a clear decision.

If Lomachenko wins, people will certainly be saying he is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Winning would set him up to make a decision on which title he will vacate. I am almost certain he will vacate the WBO Super Featherweight title, he has fought there for some time and it is time to move to bigger and better things. At Lightweight, I don’t really know if there are a lot of interesting and realistic matchups in near future for Lomachenko. I believe next he would fight Ray Beltran to unify the WBA and WBO titles, but that would be easy work for Lomachenko. Outside of that, Luke Campbell, who signed with Top Rank, would be a good option. Potentially Anthony Crolla could be possible, but Crolla is past his prime and is overmatched. I don’t think he will be able to fight Robert Easter Jr, I think Mikey Garcia will fight him given they are both PBC fighters. Mikey Garcia is an absolute no go at this stage even though that is the matchup everyone wants to see. The fight just does not have big enough of a profile to make it happen at this point. If he loses, I believe he will be given a rematch against Linares as it is the biggest money option out there for Linares.

If Linares wins, he certainly should be rated as a top ten pound for pound fighter. This would set him up for other big fights in the division, such as a fight with Mikey Garcia, but promotional issues may prevent that. If Linares actually beats Lomachenko, I believe they will rematch because of the money involved in it for Linares. If he loses, I think Linares may have to rebuild himself again, given the promotional situations at Lightweight he does not have the draw to get an immediate title shot.

Champion97's picture

What a fight!
Vasyl Lomachenko is the business! Just as we thought! What a finish from Lomachenko, when Linares was opening up, seeming to be maybe even taking over, landing combinations, moving well, Lomachenko produced an attack like that, with perfect timing, accuracy, that body shot in particular, absolutely finished Linares, Lomachenko is very dangerous, but more dangerous than he looks with his round by round mobility and gradual breaking down process.

Linares should be very proud, he did what Walters, Rigondeaux, Russell couldn't do, he challenged Lomachenko, after 5 rounds, he was losing everything, and everything was going Lomachenko's way, but in round 6, what a counter right, straight down the middle, dropped, and hurt Lomachenko, and from that point on, all the way up to the finish, Linares was right in the fight, it was competitively fought in rounds 6-10.

Just as we expected, both guys tried their best, Linares, a really good, experienced world level fighter, with speed, skill, power, athleticism, but Lomachenko with all these attributes and more, and not only being a great world level fighter, but being an absolutely outstanding, top notch fighter, being too good for Linares.

Linares should retire now, he has had a great career, done himself proud, he did great in this fight, tried his best, dropped Vasyl Lomachenko, hit him with combinations, at a time, looked like he was maybe going to win, he should retire on a high.

Lomachenko should, I think, go back down to 130, I think he is better at that weight, staying at 135 is also a good idea, because if he can beat Linares, there are very few at 135 who can beat him, it is his decision, but for now, Lomachenko, without doubt, is top 5, probably top 3, could well, well be the best.

However great Lomachenko looked tonight, one thing we saw, which we haven't seen since pre Russell, is that Lomachenko is human, he is not a machine, he is not invincible. The fight will be built up more I think, but Lomachenko vs Garcia, at 135, would be brilliant, but it should be viewed as a 50/50 fight, not as Lomachenko being guaranteed to win with ease as he always seems to, and maybe his struggle against Linares, will show people that Lomachenko, like Mikey Garcia, like Terence Crawford, is a fighter who can dominate time and time again, but also take punches, need to battle through adversity as well.

To say the scores were level is absurd..One thing to note. Anytime the new "Don King" (De la Hoya) is involved, then something usually stinks if his fighter is on the wrong end of a result. Look to Alvarez for proof of this.
It was a clear 7 rounds to 3 for Lomechenco on my card. Being generous , maybe 6-4 but thats the max... Until there is an independant panel appointed to score fights, the whole system is corrupt. Adaline Byrd, are you listening?

Champion97's picture

Welcome to Eye on the ring!

I agree 100%! I thought Lomachenko was well ahead at the time of the finish.