Vasyl Lomachenko received some late instructions that secured another achievement to his already historic career with a 10th-round knockout of Jorge Linares to claim the WBA (Super) lightweight title Saturday.
Lomachenko (11-1) became the fastest ever to win world titles in three weight divisions with his victory at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 30-year-old Ukrainian was knocked down in the sixth round but recovered, a huge blow to Linares' body in the 10th ending the fight.
Already a two-division champion, two-time Olympic gold medallist Lomachenko made it three in his 12th fight after moving up to 135 pounds.
While Linares (44-4), the Venezuelan an outsider despite defending for the seventh time, made the better start against a cautious Lomachenko, the Ukrainian took over thanks to multiple combinations and his incredible speed.
That led to a flurry to finish the fifth round as Linares – warned multiple times for low blows – was left frustrated with his eye swelling.
However, Linares landed a much-needed blow in the sixth, a huge counter right hand flooring an overconfident Lomachenko.
It seemed that Linares was able to handle Lomachenko's punches to the head with few issues - which prompted the Loma's father and trainer to instruct him to target the body of the veteran.
“I prepared for the last few rounds and my father [and trainer Anatoly Lomachenko] told me, ‘You need to go to the body’,” Lomachenko explained.
He added: “Linares is a great champion, and the fight was good for the fans and everybody. It was a great fight.”
But Lomachenko managed to settle, opening up a cut above Linares' left eye, before landing the decisive blow in the 10th.
After several shots to Linares' head, a left hand to the body ended the bout as Lomachenko made history.
Lomachenko has already captured world titles at featherweight and super featherweight.