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Linares: Lomachenko is Good, But Not a Difficult Fight For Me

Lightweight king Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) has welcomed a bout with pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs), stating that the Ukrainian “doesn’t have power”.

On January 27th, Linares defends his WBA World Lightweight Title against Mercito Gesta alongside Lucas Matthysse who faces Tewa Kiram.

Speaking to Thaboxingvoice at his training camp ahead of his bout with Gesta, Linares was asked about a potential fight with Lomachenko. “I like that fight, Lomachenko is a good fighter. I have a lot of respect for him but it’s not a difficult fight for me.

“Because we’re very similar. He has good legs, very fast and quick but he doesn’t have power. I like that style maybe it’s better for me.”

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When pressed on why he felt he had an advantage he pointed to his professional experience: “He’s an Olympian, it’s a different style. Not a professional style but it’s good if he came to Lightweight. I’d stay at Lightweight for this fight. [If we fought] it would be an amazing fight for next year.”

The Venezuelan’s opponent Gesta believes he has the measure of the Champion. “I was a training partner of Linares, although he has improved I know him well. He knows how to move, how to box, but has visited the canvas, we are working on a plan to be able to come out with the victory,” warned the Filipino.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by satiev1 on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18365480]I don't know??? I guess I just can't get over Linares 1st round KO and 2nd round KO as well as his 11th round KO to think he's more than a gatekeeper but fighting in a weak division makes him…

Comment by satiev1 on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=mathed;18365499]Good fight but Loma picks him apart over 12[/QUOTE] Naw dosen't go distance. See what a c level fighter like de macro did to him? I know he got better but he's not lasting 12 rds.

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-08-2018

lomachenko vs linares is an awesome fight with their styles guaranteed to create a good fight

Comment by Misanthrop on 12-28-2017

keep dreaming, there is no one who can stop lomachenko right now.

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 12-28-2017

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18364637]Yeah, I'd like it to be sometime around the summer but suspect it will be Beltran first. Linares seems like he wants a big payday a.s.a.p and I don't think Mikey Garcia is going to make it happen next either…

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