Arum: Linares' Weight Advantage Very Challenging for Lomachenko

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Bob Arum can’t see Vasiliy Lomachenko losing to Jorge Linares on Saturday night.

The Hall-of-Fame promoter is concerned, though, about the weight advantage he expects Linares to have over his fighter when they enter the ring at Madison Square Garden. Arum told that Linares could out-weigh Lomachenko by somewhere between eight and 13 pounds once their 12-round bout begins.

The 30-year-old Lomachenko, a champion at 126 and 130 pounds, will make his 135-pound debut against the 32-year-old Linares, the WBA lightweight champion.


Venezuela’s Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) has competed at or near the lightweight limit of 135 pounds for the past 6½ years. The 5-feet-8 Linares also is at least one inch taller than Ukraine’s Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs), a skillful southpaw who won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

“I think it’ll be very challenging,” Arum told before a press conference Thursday at The Garden. “The unknown is every time a fighter goes up in weight, particularly when he hasn’t struggled to make weight, it becomes a challenge. Can he handle the bigger guy and an experienced guy, like Linares? We don’t know. We know if they were the same size, on skill level, Loma’s skills I think are much greater than Linares’ skills. But it’s going up in weight that is the real question.”

Linares and Lomachenko are expected to weigh in at approximately 5 p.m. ET on Friday. They’ll have a little less time to add weight than some boxers who’ve competed in New York recently because their weigh-in will take place later than usual and their main event is set to start earlier than normal – around 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night (ESPN).

“Loma is a professional that doesn’t put on unnecessary weight, because that slows him down,” Arum said. “I think that he would go in the ring probably at 142 pounds. And Linares will probably go into the ring at 150, 155, something like that. So he’s giving away a lot of weight, but Loma’s an incredible fighter.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Madison on 05-12-2018

linares doesnt really use a style thats going to impose his size on lomachenko. hes not exactly the most durable fighter himself so i wouldnt be surprised if lomachenko took him out, although i do think it will go the…

Comment by 5burowz on 05-12-2018

Linares has a lot of acne in that photo. Probably doing roids.

Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 05-12-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18762085]If the fight is earlier.. the weigh in should be earlier.. arum trying to prevent as much rehydration for Linares as possible. I don’t want to hear excuses from arum or loma about weight when he just fought a man…

Comment by Catrin on 05-12-2018

Bob having flashbacks of siri salido! That chit killing his high... Lol

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 05-12-2018

That's the only advantage Linares has in this fight. For a fighter of Loma's caliber, it shouldn't be an issue at all. War Loma!:boxing:

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