Jorge Linares Vows to "Shut Up" Lomachenko

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   Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Jorge Linares for the world title

As well as being more agile, Lomachenko uses his head and foot movement to great effect, allowing him to create awkward angles.

Jones was robbed of a gold medal finish in the 1988 Olympics, while Floyd was a bronze medalist in the 1996 Olympics.

World champion Jorge Linares has promised to "shut up" pound-for-pound ace Vasyl Lomachenko when they meet this Saturday night. Lomachenko will probably want to put in his third crown as many branches in only his 12th qualified struggle. If he is going to try to give me a hard time, I'm going to do it a different way.

Lomachenko had joked he should be called "no mas Chenko" for his habit of making opponents quit, but Linares made him earn this victory.

Besides his freshly won WBA lightweight title, Lomachenko is the holder of the World Boxing Organization's super featherweight and featherweight titles. Lomachenko was ahead 86-84 on judge Steve Weisfeld's scorecard, while Linares was up by the same score on Robin Taylor's card, and Julie Lederman had the fight even.




Nine saw both slow the pace down as the championship rounds were closing in before an explosive tenth on behalf of Lomachnko. Confidence was flowing through Lomachenko with frustration building on the face of Linares, who was becoming more and more wild with his work missing widely. When was the last time such a fight ended up being competitive, let alone resulting in such a changing of the guard?

Linares (44-4, 27 KO's), 32, a Venezuela native based in Tokyo, landed a few low blows and rabbit punches out of frustration, but was warned on multiple occasions by referee Ricky Gonzalez. Not only was Linares taller (5-8 to 5-7) and with a longer reach (69 inches to 65½) but he appeared to be visibly heavier.

In the second round, Linares returned fire to Lomachenko's rib cage but was left worse the wear for it: Lomachenko popped him back before raising a roar from the electrifying crowd with a forceful combination to the body and through Linares' guard upstairs. Lomachenko bounced right up, looking more embarrassed than hurt, but suddenly it felt like a fight again. Lomachenko continued to stay on the attack in the fourth round. By the 10th, the toll was too much for Linares, who crumbled to the canvas after the left hook to the ribs. The question that interests me is will Lomachenko be able to handle it if Linares can catch him clean and often?

But the 11-1 man, known as Hi-Tech, pulled himself from the canvas and, four rounds later, dispatched a flawless liver shot to draw the bout to a close.

'I wanted to continue. "I wanted to keep working, but the ref stopped the fight".

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