Vasiliy Lomachenko TKOs Las Vegas' Jorge Linares in 10th

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   Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Jorge Linares for the world title

Ukraine's Lomachenko survived a sixth-round knock-down to become the fastest boxer to win three world titles in different weight divisions in just his 12th professional fight. However, he did not have enough to defeat the two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Linares did manage to land a counter right hand that landed square on the nose late in the sixth round.

Lomachenko quickly regained control. A passionate crowd of 10,429 was in attendance for one of the most anticipated fights in boxing and certainly one of the most competitive fights with intrigue and indecision amongst many.

Linares thinks things are about to get unsafe. Referee Ricky Gonzalez then waved it over. Judge Julie Lederman had scored the fight an 85-85 draw while Robin Taylor had Linares ahead on his scorecard 86-84 and Steve Weisfeld has Lomachenko up 86-84 on his scorecard.

The champion in three weight classes said he's been preparing to fight Lomachenko since long before the match was made, even facing southpaws in his previous two bouts.

Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) beat his last four opponents so thoroughly that their corners wouldn't let them take more punishment from the Ukrainian. Promoter Bob Arum has already suggested that Lomachenko could be the best fighter since Muhammad Ali and even if that is hyperbole in the extreme, it is a measure of how highly regarded he is to even be mentioned in the same breath as the greatest.

"I know I have my advantages". I think he knows and he's going to prepare for that. "I'm thinking more about what kind of strategy I'm going to be doing and what kind of pace I'm going to be doing".


The opening round was a feeling out process, though fighters were throwing a lot.

"I prepared for the last few rounds, and my father told me, 'You need to go to the body, '" Lomachenko said.

Linares came right at Lomachenko in the beginning of the tenth round but Lomachenko was able to slow him down with an accurate jab.

Lomachenko was much busier at the start of the fourth.

When all was said and done, a beautifully placed body shot dropped Linares to the ground and was enough to earn Lomachenko the victory.

"The motivation of fighting the best gets me up in the morning, not only Lomachenko, but that is really motivating me because I'm fighting the best pound-for-pounder in boxing and I want to continue fighting the best", he said.

LINARES. Attempting the impossible will be Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), a tough, no-nonsense banger who likes to stand in front of opponents and trade. The champ then launched a short, sweet lead right hand to the chin of Lomachenko, who landed on the seat of his trousers.

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