Vasyl Lomachenko defeats Jorge Linares to Become New WBA Light Champion

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May 13, NY became the site of the match.

'He's a great fighter and he gave me one more lesson in boxing'.

The WBA world lightweight title along with the Ring magazine belt was up for grabs which were being defended by Linares.

But Lomachenko's speed and power proved to be too much. The champ then launched a short, sweet lead right hand to the chin of Lomachenko, who landed on the seat of his trousers.

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

At the time of the stoppage, the contest was on the table with a split draw.

Linares' straight right hand landed flush with approximately 30 seconds to go in the fourth.

Lomachenko survived a sixth-round knockdown to score a 10th-round technical knockout of Jorge Linares to take the lightweight world championship in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card. Lomachenko shook his head confidently as he came back to his corner, as if to assure thousands of Ukrainian fans in the building that he was OK. "But he has very good body work and his punches surprised me".

It seemed that Linares had given Lomachenko all that he had and had nothing else left in the tank, as a brutal left to the liver ended his chances.

Lomachenko's agility is like nothing we've ever seen before.

"It was a great fight", Lomachenko said. 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.

Linares pressed the action in the seventh round and Lomachenko was no longer on the offensive.

Against Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), he'll be seeking a title in his third weight class in an effort to further cement his status as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Each had successes in an even round. Linares waved Lomachenko forward after Lomachenko connected with a straight left hand.

In his achievement, the two-time Olympic and world amateur champion joins the pantheon of punch-for-pay greats. Linares looked in serious discomfort but attempted to get to his feet in time. Linares got up but the referee called the bout at 2:08 of the round.

Lomachenko, entering just his 12th professional bout, is looking to add a third title in a third weight class.

He won the vacant WBO featherweight strap versus the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr., as well as stopping Roman Martinez to become the WBO super-featherweight world champion.

"Date of the next fight - August 25 in Los Angeles".

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