Jorge Linares Vows to "Shut Up" Lomachenko

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WBO junior lightweight victor Vasiliy Lomachenko will simply take on possibly his toughest test so far at the shape of WBA and Ring lightweight title holder Jorge Linares.

Vasyl Lomachenko will take on WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares at the famous Madison Square Garden in NY, undefeated Irish prospect Michael Conlan will also be part of the BoxNation live stream broadcast on May 12.

Vasiliy Lomachenko at times looks invincible, a master technician who can do no wrong in the ring. Although Lomachenko has the higher "KO' ratio, he's not actually physically knocked as many opponents out as Linares, but has instead made them quit through frustration".

Linares did manage to land a counter right hand that landed square on the nose late in the sixth round. How would he respond? In case of victory, Basil will be the first boxer, who became world champion in three weight divisions in just 12 fights in the Pro ring.

"I'm the natural lightweight here - he's coming up", Linares told reporters.

When he eventually reached his feet, referee Ricky Gonzalez determined he couldn't continue at 2:08 of the 10th round.

However close this fight is on paper, we can only hope that it proves to be just as close when the two dance underneath the lights in front of a packed out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

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Each fighter was ahead 86-84 on a judge's card, while Julie Lederman had it 85-all after nine rounds.

All change in round six from the tempo of Lomachnko working the angle of head and body of Linares, walked into a short right hand from the champion sending Lomachenko to the canvas for the first time as a professional and for the first time since the 2007 world amateur championships.

Linares landed a left to Lomachenko's body about 45 seconds into the fourth round. In the second, Lomachenko used his speed to frustrate Linares and make him miss, ending the round with a scoring flurry.

In his seventh fight, Lomachenko moved up to junior lightweight and scored a massive fifth-round knockout of Roman "Rocky" Martinez to take his belt and set the record for fewest fights needed to win a world title in two weight classes. "It was a great fight", said Lomachenko.

Lomachenko, also known in boxing circles as Hi-Tech, stole the show by earning a stoppage victory to become the new WBA lightweight champion. Linares has displayed great heart in hard fights and has fought his way through a lot of gruelling 12 round contests. Lomachenko got up and stayed away until the round.

Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, still holds the WBO super featherweight title.

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