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Jorge Linares-Vasyl Lomachenko RING lightweight title bout signed for May 12





13
Mar

The highly anticipated Jorge Linares-Vasyl Lomachenko matchup is finally reality.

Contracts were signed Monday night, a source with knowledge of the deal told THE RING, to pit Linares against Lomachenko in a May 12 clash on ESPN for THE RING lightweight championship at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Terms were agreed to weeks ago, but the fight was threatened by a date conflict.

Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Linares, will televise an HBO show that night, likely Sadam Ali against Liam Smith, and didn’t want to go head-to-head with the ESPN show.

Golden Boy and Top Rank, Lomachenko’s promoter, worked in conjunction with ESPN to move the time slot, and finally, the network accommodated the request by moving an SEC women’s softball game to an earlier spot on their schedule.

So now, Linares-Lomachenko will begin at 8 p.m. ET and the show will even promote the HBO card later that evening, which will include the replay of the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch.

Simply put, Linares-Lomachenko is one of the best matchups that could be consummated in the sport. It features Linares, the king of the 135-pound division, against Lomachenko, THE RING’s No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter, who will debut at 135 pounds.

Lomachenko (10-1, 8 knockouts) already ruled over the featherweight and junior lightweight divisions and established himself as one of the sport’s best talents. The 30-year-old Ukrainian scored convincing wins over Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters and Guillermo Rigondeaux as a titleholder in both weight divisions.

Now, he seeks a title in a third weight class, and this figures to be the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s most challenging assignment yet.

Linares, of course, is the biggest man Lomachenko will have ever contended with, and he’s also among the fastest. The 32-year-old Venezuelan established himself as the best fighter at 135 pounds when he won THE RING’s lightweight championship last March with a lopsided decision win over Anthony Crolla in the rematch.

He’s since successfully made two defenses, wins over Luke Campbell and Mercito Gesta on HBO. But Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) is now preparing for a much more difficult task against perhaps the sport’s best talent, a fighter with blinding speed and unspeakable ring IQ.

May 12 can’t come soon enough.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Boxing Truth

    Yes….yes…..yes!!! I want to see this fight!!!!

  • Canek

    Wow, Loma finally fights a live body, congrats to him.
    Hopefully Linares’ skin holds up.
    Should be a good one.

    • Hoshang Merza

      r u implying that vasyl has only fought low tier opposition at this point

  • Strong Destroyer

    If Loma finishes his ass, Linares will also be declared a easy-fighter?

  • Lion king

    Good…!!!

  • Maksym Minenko

    Great news! Even now I’m still reluctant to believe it IS true. 🙂

  • Jim Parkinson

    Good fight. I kinda wish it was on the Canelo-GGG undercard a week earlier, but ESPN is preferable to HBO or Showtime.

    • Koninbeor

      Not if Teddy is calling the fight. Bradley does some excellent expert commentary, though.

      • ceylon mooney

        if teddy did it sober itd be fine. the last coupla fights he called he was actin like he was frickin wasted

        • Koninbeor

          I’m not sure if he’s wasted or if there’s some head trauma that’s really caught up with him. He just never stops talking.

          It’s like you’re going to the grocery store in the bad part of town… Oh, for the love of humanity, these analogies have got to go.

      • John Newman

        I think ESPN dumped Teddy from calling fights. He still shows up on their hourly nonsense shows, but they have a more professional team ringside these days (I hope it stays that way).

        • Koninbeor

          You could be right. He was very clearly absent from the last Lomachenko fight in particular and he even commented on not being important enough in his post fight interview. The guy has a ton of boxing knowledge, he just isn’t a good commentator. I agree that they have a more professional team now and I also hope it stays that way.

          Love how Teddy said that we should call Lomachenko “Nomaschenko” after Lomachenko said that is his new nickname in the ring interview.

    • DRE

      Even if ESPN aired Loma-Linares on the same night as Canelo-GGG I’ll definitely watch Loma-Linares as apposed to the other.

      • Jim Parkinson

        I hear you. But I plan to buy the PPV and I’d like to get more bang for my buck.

  • philoe bedoe

    Good fight and I can’t wait.
    Hopefully we can see the Mikey Garcia take on the winner……….

    • wrecksracer

      Mikey is just going to talk about fighting the winner

      • philoe bedoe

        I hope not, it’s his best opportunity to beat a p4p level fighter.
        He’s talked about going to 147, which I think he will be to small to beat the best there…………

        • wrecksracer

          Well, he did already have the opportunity to fight Linares (with allegedly no strings attached). I think he would have won that fight. He opted for the “4th title in a 4th weight class”. I’m not sure anybody is buying that it makes him a legendary fighter. Sooner or later, he is going to have to step it up.

          • philoe bedoe

            I’d also take him to beat Linares, but I don’t think he beats Loma………..

          • Julio

            Only the Garcia camp believes that baloney.

      • ceylon mooney

        hahahaha

        i guess hell have to beat easter

        • wrecksracer

          I’d watch that fight. I’d just like to see Garcia challenge himself more. The Lipinets fight turned out to be better than I thought it would, but there are some serious fights he could make. Loma, Linares, Easter. For a guy that talks so much, the fights are there to prove it.

          • ceylon mooney

            true that

    • DRE

      The winner of this fight vs The Mikey. Classic example of speed and skill vs strength and power.

      • Jey Anders

        Mikey is also skilled. But I think Loma will beat him one sidedly.

      • Stephen M

        Loma has something more than speed and skill but I don’t know what to call it. It’s not really athleticism either. It’s as if he functions at a higher level…

        • Niall Burns

          General intelligence?

          • Stephen M

            Well he sees everything and is immediately able to do something with what he sees, be it block, feint, move or hit, or all of the above in different orders…

          • Niall Burns

            Yeah his reactions are out of this world. God knows how many fast twitch fibres he has in his muscles.

        • Col Carter

          He has “it”. However one wants to describe “it”. His footwork is the best in boxing and he makes the other guy act and react the way Loma wants him to act and react. I don’t know what you call that either. LOL

        • Floridastorm

          I guess it’s that 396-1 amateur record, including 5 gold and 1 silver medal, and his 10-1 professional record against some of the best in boxing. You probably call that the most talented all around fighter in the world. His punching precision is incredible and, because of it, he hits a lot harder than most people think.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    Let’s hope nobody gets injured while training. I hate when fights are cancelled or postponed because of injury.

    • Stephen M

      I am officially giving up my status as an atheist. I’ll be praying for the good health of both guys.

  • Jeremy, UK

    Good match up. Lomachenko is so far ahead of the field in respect to fighters at his own weight, he needs to fight bigger opponents for competition. There is a lot to respect and admire about Linares, but I’ll be hugely surprised if Loma doesn’t win comfortably.

  • Salivating. If Loma wins this, he has better resume in Lighweight than Mikey or Crawford has.

    • Kevin Perry

      So one win over linares is better than beating beltran, burns and gamboa combined? Linares best win at 135 is over Anthony crolla. He was stopped years back by de marco. He’s a good fighter but people are making this guy out to be more than he is…i m not taking anything away from lomachenko but the hype train has gotten ridiculous at this point

      • Left Hook2

        Linares is generally more respected and held in higher esteem than the 3 you mentioned. Burns is mediocre. Gamboa was moving up (and I felt gave a great account of himself), and Beltran has only now officially won a belt (we know he beat burns…) and seem to have come into his own. Not that I will go on the record and disagree with you..

        • Kevin Perry

          You are speaking in hindsight. I can recall fisher oicking burns to bear crawford. Gamboa was still considered a top opponent at the time albeit a smaller one. Lomachenko makes a case for top p 4 p though

          • Left Hook2

            Maybe so. I have yet to watch a fight that Burns has truly won, so it makes it easy for me to dismiss him. I liked Gamboa and thought he had physical tools to pose a problem for anyone. However, a good big man beats a good little man, and Gamboa really did look little compared to Crawford. IMHO. All that aside, I’m less worried about legacies and p4p than I am that we got a great scrap signed. I am all about that.

        • william ellis

          Burns is mediocre now, but he was very good – a bit of an overachiever in terms of talent, which says a lot about his heart. He beat very good fighters in their prime – Roman Martinez in 2010, Michael Katsidis in 2011, and Paulus Moses (who just gave Beltran a great battle) and Kevin Mitchell in 2012. Martines, Katsidis, and Moses all held titles in their careers.

          • Left Hook2

            You know us boxing fans and revisionist history! ha. I do think Katsidis was well beyond his prime, which was probably leading up to the casamayor bout 3 years prior. He had also lost 2 of his last 3 bouts. How about I agree that Burns was serviceable, but his hometown cooking has me turned off?

          • william ellis

            Fair enough – Burns certainly got a few gifts. But he did not dodge anyone, and the wins I named were not gifts. Martinez and Moses at least were very good fighters before and after they fought Burns.

    • PresnyaRulit

      Loma must be a heavy underdog in this one. Linares is just a bigger man and more powerful. What’s more, his handspeed is on a par with Loma’s

  • Abraham E. Hernández

    Lomachenko’ stepping stone for the p4p #1. I for one cannot wait.

  • Alan

    Congrats to Lomachenko for continuing to take fights that others would be afraid of. If he isn’t the best fighter in the world, he’s certainly in the top two (with Crawford).

    • PrinceGian

      For sure. And he doesn’t even ask for catchweight either. Lomachenko is one of a handful of fighters that is worthy of respect.

      • Teddy Reynoso

        What do you mean catch weight? Didn’t you know that he has been coming into actual fight night as a lightweight even a super lightweight since his stint as a featherweight? Quit these talks as if he is at disadvantage size and weight wise against fighters in his previous and current weight classes. Salido just weighed as a welterweight but it was Loma who essentially the real lightweight/super lightweight in that supposed featherweight title fight.

  • Anthony Cruz Diaz

    Great fight. IMHO the fight can be a very difficult task for Loma. I love Loma, and I believe he is in the top 3 P4P w/o a doubt, but Linares is not as easy as people here are implying. He did not look good on his last fight, but don’t just judge Linares for that fight. Linares is fast, strong and the biggest threat to Loma at this point. I believe we will see the best Loma ever, and that its a scary thought. May God Bless these two fighters with a healthy camp, so we can witness this scrap.

    • ceylon mooney

      i think loma will have to work.

    • PresnyaRulit

      Loma was not good against a bigger man in Salido. Compared to Salido, Linares is much faster. I see Loma losing this one.

  • Stephen M

    It’ll be interesting to see how these two guys move around in the ring together. I’m trying to bring it up in my minds eye but I have no idea.

    • JV316

      same here. i haven’t been to a ton of fights live but i saw the lomachenko vs walters fight from pretty close to ringside and it was jarring how different lomachenko is in the ring in terms of movement, just not used to it, felt like watching a different sport

      • ceylon mooney

        damn man. im jealous.

        • JV316

          because i liked both guys i really just wanted to see a competitive fight, so from that standpoint it was a disappointing fight to attend. but seeing loma work up close was worth it. i usually think television captures things really well, even better than being there live, but i guess there are a few things that are more impressive in person like that. i imagine seeing mike tyson in person would’ve been a different kind of experience. also tickets were like 120 bucks for floor seats close to ring, close enough to heckle bob arum from our seats (in a good natured way of course), not bad for a fight in vegas so my buddy and i went for it. only vegas fight we’ve ever been to. normally vegas prices for the big fights there are absurd even for the nosebleed seats.

          • Stephen M

            Lucky man! That’s why I don’t bother with big venue fights too often. The good seats are ridiculously expensive. The affordable ones are pretty far away.

          • JV316

            same here man, never been to one of the really big events at a big venue. would joshua vs wilder be worth it if it’s in vegas? i think that’s the only fight where i would like plan a vacation around going to it. i guess we’ll have to see what the prices are….

          • Stephen M

            Yeah that one might be worth it. I’d like to go to a fight in the UK.

          • JV316

            me too, that would be amazing, crowds are awesome there would like to experience that. and UK cards usually have a lot more depth in terms of competitive match ups.

          • Andy T

            Eddie gives value for your money IMO been to Vegas for PAC Man but atmosphere could not touch the UK

          • JV316

            interesting, would love to visit the UK and experience it

          • John Newman

            I’d pay 120 bucks to heckle Bob Arum tomorrow.

          • JV316

            haha money well spent

    • ceylon mooney

      man i cant wait to see what lomachenko does with a busy fighter like linares

      • Stephen M

        Does Linares move well enough to keep Loma in front of him?

        • Reggie Woodard

          He moves extremely well. Linares is a superbly talented boxer(while Loma is sublimely talented). He’s also fast(not GRJ fast but has longer arms). Fight might resemble a high speed chess match.

          • PresnyaRulit

            Linares will be too much for Loma

          • Reggie Woodard

            I like Jorge in this fight a lot. Why do you think he’ll be too much for Vasyl? Size, strength?

        • Left Hook2

          My personal opinion, which of course should be everybody’s…ha…is that is Linares has one gear. Watching Mercito, Campbell, even Crolla, he was able to do much better than his opponent in the early rounds, and then seemed to coast–not making adjustments to stop the fighter (come on, he had Crolla ready to roll over…) or dominate as in the early rounds. I think Loma is the opposite–he will keep morphing until Linares has no idea what to do other than cover up, back up to the ropes, hope to not get hit too much and too hard, and try to set a trap. No knock on Linares. Props to Loma.

        • ceylon mooney

          i doubt it–heck what would we use for comparison?

          damn matrix is right

    • ceylon mooney

      busy man busy

  • Jorge

    Promoters working together, what a concept. Good Fight!

    • Dug Fisher

      Could you imagine if, somehow, the powers that be matched Crawford with Spence at 147lb and Mikey v the Loma-Linares winner before the year was out.

      I often lament that boxing lacks the depth of yesteryear, but that series of events would elevate 2018 from what is looking like an excellent year to an all time great one.

      • Stephen M

        We have a lot of nice fights coming…

      • Guy Grundy

        If I could up vote your second paragraph 100 times,I would….

      • Andy T

        Throw in AJ v Wilder 👍

      • Slava

        Mikey is scared of Loma too much, that fight won’t happen. I don’t blame him, he understands boxing.

    • Stephen Thomas

      UFC done boxing a real big favour. At a time when boxers were ducking each other left right and centre, so called world champions fighting nobodys. Boxing became boring. While over at the octagon you had the best fighting the best week in week out, so fight fans started to turn there attention towards UFC. Promoters started losing money (and we can’t have that) so now they will all work together

      • Jorge

        Meanwhile at UFC fighters lose money. So i guess it’s better that promoters make money? Let’s just stick to boxing.

  • Dave O’Connor

    Great fight, I can’t wait for this….
    you can bet though if it goes to decision Canelo will still get the nod on at least one card.

  • Guy Grundy

    Match ups simply don’t come any better than this.

    Two great boxers,two great fighters,two respected world champions….one arguably the best P4P in the world,the other arguably should be in the P4P top 10. Frankly it’s hard to see Linares asking sufficiently difficult questions that Lomachenko is unable to answer,such is the Ukrainian’s God given talent but it should be competitive and totally engrossing.

    Can’t wait!

    • Boxing Truth

      Yes! Yes! It will be a glorious battle!!

    • Slava

      The one potentially competitive fight for Loma was Rigo fight, there are no other talents on that level left. Can’t even imagine how Linares-Loma could be competitive.

      • Breadking

        Loma has never fought anyone near as big, nor as fast as Linares is. He has excellent balance, and timing, and has never been in trouble against fighters that can’t hurt him. Loma doesn’t have elite power at 130, let along 135. This should be very interesting. As far as match-ups go, they don’t get more interesting that this

        • Slava

          After seeing “nor as fast” I stopped reading.

          • Breadking

            ok. You just keep on being you and enjoy that pessimistic bubble you apparently live in. I’ll enjoy being hyped for a fantastic match-up along with the real boxing fans!

          • Mikkel Haun

            Loma fought Gary Russell, who in my opinion, is much faster than Linares. And how do you know the “size” of Linares? Does he surpass Salido in terms of gaining weight after the weigh-in?

            Rigo is a better technical boxer than Linares, both balance/timing-wise. Salido, I think, was bigger than Linares, when Loma fought him.

            Never been in trouble against fighters who couldn’t hurt him? What about Luke Campbell? Crolla-Linares 1? Kevin Mitchell? (through he did knock him down, Linares was a overwhelming favorite to beat Mitchell up)

            Loma has power enough to make great fighters quit. I didn’t see Linares even being able to do that with his last opponent.

      • PresnyaRulit

        Linares will teach Loma a lesson

    • PresnyaRulit

      Linares should just follow Salido’s blueprint and target Lomachenko’s body early on. I believe Linares has the speed and power to beat the Ukrainian star.

  • Colnef

    While the likes of Mikey Garcia talks about being a PPV attraction and then fights Lipinets, Loma just gets on with the job of earning PPV status. Linares has toughened up over the years and if Loma cannot hurt him – which a big ‘if’ – this is a difficult night for him.

    • Rippy JA

      You act like Loma didn’t fight Marriaga coming off a loss and moving up in weight the fight before last. Zlaticanin, Broner and Lipinets were excellent opponents.

      • Colnef

        I guess I’m just disappointed because I think that Mikey could/should have got the Linares fight. That fight does more for his ambitions to be a PPV star than fighting Lipinets. The fourth title really doesn’t mean as much as beating another top fighter. Zlaticanin and Lipinets were decent (but not great) opponents for a top P4P fighter but a Linares fight is an opportunity for Loma – who already has pretty awesome body of work for someone with only 11 fights – to show greatness. The problem for Mikey is no big,big names left at Junior Welter and nothing much at Lightweight until late in the year (if he fights the winner). Sometimes to achieve greatness you must take the opportunities when they present and not when you think the time is right.

        • Left Hook2

          What do you think Mikey tries to do next? Fight the contenders at 140 as they sort out the paper titles? Or go back down to 135?

  • chickenstock

    Lomachenko is on his way to being a great. But the frustrating thing for me is that so far, he doesn’t make for great fights. That’s mostly because his opponents haven’t been able to hold a candle to him. Maybe this time we will get it. So far I have greatly admired loma without falling in love, because his fights are cerebral. I want to see someone force him to really go for it,digbdeep and stamp his greatness on a memorable bout.

    • Left Hook2

      He does his part. He advances, runs circles around, and punches his opponents until they quit. What they do is pretty much up to them….up until the point they quit.

      • chickenstock

        Yeah no doubt. I just wanna see a guy fight back and make it close… Just once!

    • JV316

      good point. it’s kind of like watching the san antonio spurs. when the miami heat with lebron came along to push them we really saw the greatness of their IQ and i was finally able to enjoy them instead of being bored for lack of a better word. hopefully linares can do that.

    • John Newman

      Did you watch his fight with Salido? Or with Russell Jr? He’s improved a ridiculous amount since then, but even when he was significantly challenged (by Siri’s size and filthy tactics and by Russell Jr’s speed), he stepped it up and improved as the fight went along.

      I’ve never seen Russell Jr miss so much (and he’s a yelper, so when he yelps and you don’t hear the glove connect, it’s obvious), and his comeback while getting his balls smashed by a welterweight was the most impressive performance of his career.

      To my eye, he is already a great fighter. Not an all-time great yet (he’s likely the best amateur ever, but hasn’t come too close to Hall of Fame discussion). However, I’d call his 11 fights anything but frustrating (for me, at least).

      • Stephen M

        The Salido fight is kind of an enigma to me. He didn’t fight like his recent style at all. I guess that he learned a lot in that fight.

        • Ciscostudent561

          yeah ppl go on and on about salido’s ‘tactics’ but i watched that fight and its just a close one that coulda went either way. the low blow gripe is greatly exaggerated

      • chickenstock

        I’m not saying he isn’t fantastic, he so obviously is, but seeing him make guys quit makes me admire him… But I really wanna see him forced to fight. If he beats linares easily he is gonna struggle to get good fights… Who wants to be humiliated?

        • Slava

          If the money is there they will fight him

        • PresnyaRulit

          Loma is an underdog against Linares

          • chickenstock

            Not in my eyes, no way.

    • PresnyaRulit

      Loma is a clear underdog in this one.

  • Black Oracle

    Oh my damn……..Somebody in boxing is starting to care about the real fans of this sport….the people who truly keep this sport alive. It doesn’t get better than this. If Loma, beats Linares….I mean what do I do with this guy? You gotta put him #1 P4P…..but beyond that…if he dominates Linares like he does everyone else on his resume….I mean we might need to have that TBE discussion early for Loma. I never really had as much respect for Rigo as the rest of the boxing world….so when Loma beat him, I was like eh….not really shocked and not all that impressed. But I have a ton of respect for Linares. Dude is a master boxer, above average speed, a dangerous puncher, a solid chin, he can have a chess match with you and brawl with you and fatigue is not an issue. If Loma can make this guy look pedestrian…..Floyd Mayweather, you gonna need to move over.

    • PresnyaRulit

      I wish Linares might teach this Ukrainian a good lesson.

  • DRE

    Now this is what I like to see. With all this non-stop whining over GGG-Canelo combined with this crap about this “Mexican meat” scandal being another black-eye for boxing the Lomachenko-Linares bout is a definite blast of fresh air.
    By the way my pick is Loma. Nothing against Linares who has been a fine respected champion and more worthy of a top 10 P4P ranking than some other guys on that list. But Loma is an elite guy who just gets better with each outing. That aside, thumbs up to both of them.

    • DRE

      Hey this just occurred to me. Isn’t Usyk-Gassiev on May 11th? One night just before Loma-Linares. Now that’s a weekend for fight-fans.

      • Left Hook2

        What a week that will be starting with ClenbuterolNelo-GGG as well. I’m stoked.

  • DBone

    Boxing more popular than women’s softball confirmed. Yay?

  • Left Hook2

    Early prediction: Linares starts quickly, slows down a little over the middle rounds (like vs Campbell and Mercito), and quits in….the 10th after he realizes he has no answer for the Matrix. Jorge is not much bigger (5’8 v 5’7, 69″ reach vs 67″) and I cannot believe he will be quicker. Great fight. Thank you Bob and Oscar.

    • John Newman

      If Gary Russell Jr isn’t too fast for Lomachenko, Linares certainly won’t be. You may be right (I’d definitely watch, even if I thought Linares would quit). However, I don’t know if he’ll throw in the towel. He may feel good about his (even slight) size advantage, and he might think he can get the knockout if he’s not being broken down. I predict Loma will beat him up and make him look slow after three at most. Loma UD 12. Eventually he has to fight someone who wants to see the final bell, right? He can’t outclass everyone that bad can he?

      • Left Hook2

        I hope I didn’t imply that I felt Linares is a quitter–he hasn’t shown that. I think it is a trend in the sport (probably for their best) that when they see no way to win, either they or their corner pack it in. Also, if he does quit against Lomo, he will be in good company and it wouldn’t be a notorious one-off such as No-Mas vs Leonard.
        Good point about GRJ. Loma pretty much owned him, and Linares won’t be faster than GR.

        • John Newman

          My favorite part about the Russell Jr fight is that he’s a yelper and he couldn’t hit Lomachenko with anything. So the whole fight, especially after the second or third round, was just GRJ yelping followed by nothing, no glove on flesh, no glove on glove, just the silence of dominance.

          It’s bad enough when a fighter like Russell Jr telegraphs his punches, but when he telegraphs his misses, it’s ridiculously easy to score. I couldn’t believe the cards from that fight, I had Lomachenko by something like eight rounds.

          Your post was clear, and I certainly think there’s a possibility that Linares will pack it in if he’s as thoroughly outclassed as everyone else has been against Loma.

          • Ciscostudent561

            yeah that fight was a wipeout. I don’t rank any of Loma’s wins as high as GRJ. Thorough domination against an elite guy in his prime. Props to GRJ for not quitting like the other guys… If he wins- I think his win against Linares is a higher ranked win, but thats only cause its at a higher weight class. Linares is not in the top10 p4p conversation like ppl are saying in this thread. Pure talent wise, he’s sensational but he doesn’t have scary power and has a suspect chin. And then he cuts easily. Linares doesn’t pose much of a threat to Loma or Mikey. But styles makes fights and this should be a fun one to watch.

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          • Ciscostudent561

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          • StanLee TOOL

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          • Ciscostudent561

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    • PresnyaRulit

      Loma does not have the power to bother Linares and his handspeed is in no way better; neither is his stamina

      • Left Hook2

        Fortunately we shall find out in May. I believe Loma hits harder than he is given credit—why else would his opponents quit? They are getting peppered, and when they start slowing down, he starts sitting down on his punches. Between his speed and his use of angles, he presents problems that fighters never encounter before or after. That doesn’t mean he is unbeatable..we have already been witness to that. But I do believe that he is a level above Linares, and that the one gear that Linares has will not carry him through to either victory or the final bell. IMHO, of course. Keep in mind I bet on Ortiz….

  • PrinceGian

    Lomachenko UD Linares. Hopefully it will entice Garcia to move back to lightweight to fight the winner. If he wants to be a mainstream fighter taking on Loma is the way to go.

  • Potato

    Is there a boxer out there who consistently challenges himself more than Lomachneko?

    • John Newman

      Not that I know of.

      • Teddy Reynoso

        Look harder. I give you one name- Manny Pacquiao.

        • John Newman

          Teddy, your support of Pacquiao is so ridiculous that the comments usually seem more a joke than a serious reply. I’ll take this one seriously, but I sincerely hope you’re joking.

          The gentleman framed his question in the present tense. Pacquiao perhaps challenges himself as a politician (I consider it likely, but I know very little of Philippines politics). Additionally, as a boxer, no one had a better career from 1997 to 2013. However, he’s exclusively a politician now, and even if he happens to glove up again, he’ll just be a politician who boxes.

          His boxing career is on a separate wikipedia entry for Pete’s sake. The sport is better for what he gave it, but those contributions are a thing of the past. His career (the good of it) and Lomachenko’s barely overlap. They are fighters from different eras. Let him go. Perhaps then you can enjoy Lomachenko for what he is.

          Are you seriously going to tell me that Jeff Horn (and only Jeff Horn) is a comparable 2017 to what won Lomachenko multiple Fighter of the Year honors? and Lucas Matthysse is a challenge in 2018? After Tewa Kiram? Oof. That’s all; I won’t respond again to any of your Pacquiao nonsense.

          • Jorge

            Yeah its time to let him go. You can dissect anyone’s resume, which teddy will not, like how he fought guys like david diaz at lightweight and moved on.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            If people let the likes of aging Robinson, Ali, Foreman and Hopkins just go, we won’t be talking of how unpredictably great boxing a sport
            has been. We can not discount what Pacquiao can still accomplish even against your pre ordained all time great Loma. Let them fight and quit babying the ducker.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            Let them fight first then we will talk. Easy for you guys to dismiss Pacquiao now based on the Horn fight which he hardly prepared for but still won in the eyes of many. People don’t say these things when he fought and dominated Bradley and Vargas just a couple of years back.

    • Teddy Reynoso

      Oh yeah? Why did he yelped for help from Papa when Pacquiao tossed a challenge for a fight at 140? Please don’t give the crap that that fight is meaningless. Some people also say that about the Oscar fight but Manny went on with that fight even allowing Oscar to dictate the terms.

      • Potato

        He’s 11 fights into his professional career. Can you honestly tell me that his resume at this point isn’t extremely impressive. Show me another boxer in history who’s first 11 fights can even compare!

        • Teddy Reynoso

          You guys are really impressionist lot. Show me another fighter who has had about 400 amateur fights before he turned pro. And that does not even include his stint in the semi pro AIBA world boxing series. You make it look like Loma was coming from our of the blue.The truth is Loma may probably be the most prepared and battle tested amateur fighter to turn pro in history. Given that, he technically is more skilled and experienced than most top pro fighters despite their being into prizefighting ahead of him. Another thing, Loma has been fighting in divisions below his actual fighting weight at fight time. He should really have started his pro career at lightweight or at least super featherweight like Oscar did back when he turned pro after winning the Olympic lightweight gold in 1992.

          • Slava

            Of the top of my head – Rigondeaux, Zou Shiming. I bet you can find plenty. What a dumb question.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            A short dumb answer that did not even address the second part of the question about him fighting in the wrong divisions.

          • Slava

            He’s not even gracefull for being thought. What a fucking brainless asshole.

  • John Newman

    2018 gets better and better. Awesome matchup. Kudos to Top Rank, Golden Boy, ESPN, and HBO for figuring this one out.

    • Stephen M

      And a friendly reminder: Step away from the beef!

  • Joshua Lilly

    Okay. Yes. Yes. How about some more yes? And a bit more? A lot more.
    And they say all news is bad news.

  • Rolly Arellano

    Great match-up! I hope we will have more of these. I favor Lomachenko slightly in this. The winner vs. Garcia next.

  • PelyaMX

    Go Go Loma !!!

    • PresnyaRulit

      Loma is not dangerous – he has no power.

      • PelyaMX

        We’ll see , my friend ))

  • Alan Hitchcock

    Make sure you layoff the Mexican meats chaps, would hate to see this one called off…

  • Adam Davies

    And just like that 2016 finally becomes a distant memory. Thank you 17/18 – 2019 please take notes.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Some people here are making it appear that Loma is up against a great fighter who has not been beaten before. Oh, please cut the bull.

  • SCOTT BARKER

    WILL BE A GOOD BUT 1 SIDED AFFAIR TILL LOMO STOPS HIM OR HIS CORNER STOPS IT–HAVE TO AGREE W/ STEVEN M. THIS GUY IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL;SAME OUTCOME W/MR. GARCIA. WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM FIGHT YOUNG UNDEF. EASTER .

  • Arjay Cee

    Yes!

    Waiting six months to see this genius again is really asking a lot of us in patience.

    You don’t tell Shakespeare to hold his tongue.

  • Art Carbajal

    These are the guys Mikey Garcia wants no part of, the easy way is not always the best way. A real champion does not cherry pick opponents. Four or five belts means nothing if you fight the weakest guys you can find!!!

  • Freddy Astudillo

    Lomachenko es muy pequeño para Linares. Jorge por KO en 8 rounds.

    • Slava

      Bet on Linares then, you’ll get rich. He’s 6.5 to 1 underdog.

  • Kag Ang

    Linares looked fantastic in the first couple of rounds with Campbell, but after the second either Campbell matched him or Linares went off the boil, and the final 10 rounds were closely fought.

    I rate Campbell, but he’s not Lomachenko. Linares will have to fight at a much higher level than he did against Campbell, and maybe he can, but I can’t see this fight as being anything but one-sided after the 5th round. Its not just Campbell who has been able to match Linares, Crolla also had some success in the first fight (not so much in the second though, credit to Linares for sorting that out), and while Crolla is also no joke, he’s not and has never been close to elite level.

    Linares will likely have some success early while Loma is programming him in, but eventually Loma will start connecting, and its hard to see any way back from there for Linares.

    Either UD Lomachenko or Linares stopped on cuts late on.

  • Floridastorm

    Have to realize that Linares has been knocked out 3 times. His offensive KO percentage is just a little bit above 50%. So, even being bigger, he may not have the ability to hurt Lomo. Linares is a skilled boxer who fights all 12 rounds. Lomo will have to do some very good boxing with some power shots to discourage Linares. I actually see Linares eventually quitting on his stool about round 10 or maybe earlier. I just can’t see anyway that Linares wins this fight.

  • Andrii Matiash

    After victory Lomachenko, give No. 1-2 pound-for-pound?

  • KillaBlu

    If Loma beat someone like Linares the same way he beat his last 4 opponents I will start to call him a future hall of famer.