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Vasily Lomachenko wins lightweight boxing title against Jorges Linares

Vasily Lomachenko wins lightweight boxing title against Jorges Linares

The 32-year-old lightweight champion is now on a 13-fight winning streak with with seven of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Lomachenko finished off the tightly contested bout with a fierce burst in the 10th, capped by a left to the body that sent Linares down. In contrast, Linares moves well with his feet and at the waist, but can be often caught out by going back in straight lines.

Predictions for the fight were all across the board, spanning from a blowout on points for Lomachenko, a stoppage victory, or a close win on points.

Linares, a southpaw, thought the fight was stopped prematurely, but still credited Lomachenko for getting the win.

Lomachenko was ahead on the scorecard of judge Steve Weisfeld (86-84) through nine rounds, but he was behind 86-84 on judge Robin Taylor's card.

Lomachenko is now the WBO lightweight champion.

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The 34-year-old also clinched three UEFA Super Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cup titles with 57 goals from 669 appearances in all competitions for the club.

Irish Olympian Michael Conlan is quickly becoming a fan favorite in NY and he continues his rise in the featherweight division when he takes on tough Spanish boxer Ibon Larrinaga. Having been in the Pro game for a significantly longer period of time, Linares will've picked up a lot of rough-house tactics which could help him break down Lomachenko.

He unleashed a flurry of eight successive punches - all of which landed - in the 10th which left Linares down on one knee, with the Venezuelan unable to beat the referee's count.

Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) will provide an interesting test for Lomachenko, though. Just before the fifth round ended, Lomachenko hit Linares with several power punches.

Expect Lomachenko to break down Linares with hand speed and footwork before taking him out in the later rounds. OF course there are physical limitations to to changing the composition of your muscle mass. Lomachenko latest victory against Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux was considered a clash of two of the sport's finest competitors.

The third saw Linares score with his telling right hooks which has been the main part of his arsenal throughout his career.

Lomachenko, a former duel Olympic gold medalist in 2008 and 2012, started to pick Linares apart in the third round with solid lefts and rights to the body, and an uppercut. Raymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO's), who won a vacant world title in February is "the obvious opponent" according to Arum. "I want to show people it's not a big problem, that five pounds (from 130 to 135) is not too big of a difference". The 32-year-old has put together 13 wins in a-row since last tasting defeat and in particular during that time, he has, made a name for himself in the UK.


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