icon Updated at 12:07 AM EDT, Sat May 26, 2018

Linares: I Did Not Quit With Lomachenko, I'd Like a Rematch

By Miguel Rivera

Two weeks ago, Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) lost his WBA lightweight title in a highly anticipated fight with two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs). 

Before a lively crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Lomachenko suffered his first knockdown in the sixth round and he had one of the toughest bouts of his career.

But Lomachenko regrouped and stopped Linares in the tenth round with a good hook to the liver.

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Now Linares is ready to get back in the mix, hoping to work his way back to another world title shot.

And Linares would like to once again collide with Lomachenko in the future.

He completely rejects the notion that he quit. Linares wanted to continue and says the referee made the decision to wave off the bout.

"I got up to continue working and doing my best because there were two rounds left, but unfortunately the referee... he stopped the fight, but I would like [Lomachenko] to give me a rematch at some point," Linares said to ESPN Deportes.

"The truth is that I did well. I did not get the victory, but I came away happy. I got up, that was the important thing, and I never quit. I am still a warrior, giving the best of myself and there is still a lot to prove. Jorge Linares will be around for a while.

"The constructive criticism I received from the fight is that I didn't work downstairs, but how do I work downstairs when the referee was going to take a point and I never really hit him low, but hey, these are the things that happen in the boxing world. I knew from the beginning of the fight that he's a normal human being and he can go down, and in the sixth round he went down - and it was from a hard shots. I hit him with a short right as he came in, and he went down. We are all human. I realized that he is a boxer who can be beaten."