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Lomachenko: My Father Told Me in Late Rounds, 'Go To His Body'

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.

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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.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Catrin on 05-14-2018

TOP RANK needs to get a translator to hear Loma's corner indications!!!!

Comment by pugil1st on 05-14-2018

Loma definitely showed me what he's made of in this fight even after getting dropped. I almost think this fight was a No Mas fight like the others. Seemed like Linares wanted the fight to be stopped which is why…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-14-2018

Pitty-pats to the head, and then BOOM! Beautiful!

Comment by puroylan on 05-14-2018

This fight prepared Loma for tougher fights in front of him. P4P he is the best. I say stay at 135, clean it up then go to 140. You gotta give your body time to get used to 135 first.

Comment by sportbuddha on 05-14-2018

Good cornering, often underestimated is that good chemistry and experience in the corner can change the fight. Pac used to have it with Freddie, Dundee with Ali, Lennox had it with Steward...it won them fights

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