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Photos: Lomachenko Dropped, Rises To Stop Linares in MSG

Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round on Saturday to claim the World Boxing Association lightweight world title and a slice of boxing history at Madison Square Garden. (Photos by Mikey Williams, Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos).

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Ukraine's Lomachenko survived a sixth-round knock-down to set a record in claiming a world title in a third weight division in just his 12th professional fight.

Lomachenko finished off the tightly contested bout with a fierce burst in the 10th, capped by a vicious left to the body that sent Linares down.

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Venezuela's Linares slowly got to his feet, but referee Ricky Gonzalez waved it off at 2:08 of the 10th to give Lomachenko a victory by technical knockout that ended Linares' 13-fight winning streak.

Linares said he thought he could have continued and would be eager for a rematch.

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At the time of the stoppage, Lomachenko was up by two points on one judge's card, Linares was up by two on another and one judge had it tied.

The bout, before a crowd of 10,429 in Madison Square Garden's main arena, was a far cry from Lomachenko's last four fights in which all of his opponents quit on their stools.

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Lomachenko quickly pulled himself together, his hand and foot speed making the difference against his bigger opponent.

By the eighth round he'd opened a cut over Linares' left eye, and he was remorseless in targeting the vulnerable spot.

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Lomachenko, whose storied amateur career included two Olympic gold medals, improved to 11-1 with nine knockouts.

Linares fell to 44-4 with 27 wins inside the distance.

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Lomachenko, 30, added the WBA lightweight belt to a resume that includes a victory over Gary Russell Jr. for a featherweight world title in just his third pro bout.

In his seventh fight, Lomachenko moved up to super featherweight and knocked out Roman Martinez to take his belt and set the record for fewest fights needed to win a world title in two weight classes.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 5burowz on 05-13-2018

Special Venezuelan meat doesn't help with liver shots.

Comment by Luilun on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=T.M.T;18767745]Wether Loma uses steroids or not he could never be better than May-Pac 🥊[/QUOTE] That's your know nothing boxing opinion

Comment by T.M.T on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=Luilun;18767106]If Lomachenko used steroids like Pacquaio and Mayweather he would win titles up to 160 and be fighter of the Century[/QUOTE] Wether Loma uses steroids or not he could never be better than May-Pac 🥊

Comment by nacho daddy on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=Czarczar;18767641]Bumchenko about to get knocked out.[/QUOTE] by who? joshua

Comment by nacho daddy on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=steeve steel;18766978]More judges bought off by Golden Dildo... Shameful. Linares had no gas left. Loma controlled the fight from start to finish. -2 for the knockdown... Thank god it didn't' have to go to the cards...[/QUOTE] in a supremely corrupt…

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