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Vasiliy Lomachenko survives knockdown, stops Jorge Linares in 10th to win lightweight championship

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May

NEW YORK — This was an uncharted territory for Vasiliy Lomachenko.

The look on his face? One of surprise. Embarrassment, even.

Through 11 professional fights, Lomachenko was a tour de force, save for his second pro bout, when he brazenly challenged grizzled vet Orlando Salido for a title and was barely outpointed.

He picked up the moniker “No-Mas-Chenko” along the way. After all, the two-time Olympic gold medalist had stopped four consecutive fighters before he met Jorge Linares on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in the ESPN main event.

And now, Lomachenko (11-1, 9 knockouts) found himself on the seat of his pants, the result of a pinpoint Linares right hand in Round 6. For the first time in his illustrious career, Lomachenko was knocked down. But he didn’t stay down. Of course he didn’t.

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He collected himself, even if his pride was wounded, and soldiered on. Slowly but surely, Lomachenko regained his momentum with his excellent, head-bobbing pressure that confounded Linares all night.

And finally, in Round 10, Lomachenko connected with a bevy of shots, delivered in dizzying fashion, and when the left hand dug into Linares’ solar plexus, it was a wrap. Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) beat referee Ricky Gonzalez’s 10 count, but he couldn’t even stand erect, let alone fight anymore. Gonzalez waved it off at 2:08 of the frame, and Lomachenko picked up perhaps the most impressive victory of his career.

He was met with true adversity for the first time since he lost to Salido, and this time, he prospered. With the victory, Lomachenko picked up Linares’ RING/WBA lightweight championship, and shattered the record for fewest fights needed to claim titles in three weight divisions.

“It was a great fight,” Lomachenko said. “That right hand (from Linares), it was a great punch. It happens. I prepared for the last few rounds, and my father (and trainer Anatoly) told me, ‘You need to go to the body.’ Linares is a great champion, and the fight was good for the fans and everybody.”

And that left hand to the body from Lomachenko to just good — it might have been necessary to pull out the fight. Linares was up 86-85 on one scorecard, Lomachenko was ahead by the same score on another card, and a third judge had the fight even, 85-85, at the time of the stoppage.

Early on, it didn’t appear Lomachenko would be forced to create any dramatics to win the action-packed fight. The 30-year-old who trains out of Oxnard, California, was beating Linares to the punch, and he was able to let loose with four- and five-punch combinations time and again.

When Linares sought to use his significant size advantage on the inside (152 pounds on fight night to Lomachenko’s 138), the wunderkind simply slid over to his right to create some distance and escape harm’s way. Well, Lomachenko made it look simple anyway.

He’s always made it look easy in the ring. Like when he absolutely outclassed Guillermo Rigondeaux in December and forced the pound-for-pound entrant to quit on his stool. Or when Lomachenko coaxed Nicholas Walters into submission.

But as the fight wore on, nothing really seemed easy about this outing. Finally, Lomachenko met a counterpart who could  almost match him in the speed department, and a fighter in Linares who was by far the biggest opponent he’d ever stepped into the ring with.

But for every two or three shots Lomachenko appeared to land flush, Linares connected on one shot, and a grazing one at that. He simply couldn’t find the proper distance. Lomachenko wisely maneuvered in front of Linares at mid-range; close enough where Linares couldn’t utilize his superior range, but not so much that Linares could impose his superior strength.

The fighter who claimed titles at 126 pounds and 130 employed light touching to open up the Linares guard before he peppered with lightning quick shots. The Venezuelan was clearly frustrated, and he began to load up on desperation right hands, hoping one would finish matters.

When he stepped back and connected on that straight right hand that floored Lomachenko, it appeared Linares had him in real trouble. But there were only a few ticks remaining in the sixth round. Lomachenko was able to collect himself when Round 7 rolled around, and Linares’ moment to capitalize vanished.

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“He didn’t surprise me as I thought he was going to surprise me,” said Linares, 32. “The fight was getting interesting. It was very close, but he did surprise me with that body shot. I wanted to continue. I wanted to keep working, but the ref stopped the fight.”

Linares might have wanted to continue, but he appeared spent, and he lives to fight another day. It’s a moral victory for the Golden Boy Promotions fighter, who looked shaky in two lightweight title defense victories entering the bout, and was counted as a heavy underdog to turn back the challenge of Lomachenko.

If anything, Linares’ stock improved in defeat, but his lightweight championship is now gone, and so is his 13-fight winning streak. It’s Lomachenko who plows forward to even greater events as his star continues to grow.

He’ll return August 25 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on ESPN, his hall of fame promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, told reporters. The expectation is that Loma will face WBO titleholder Ray Beltran in a lightweight title unification fight.

“Thank you to Jorge Linares,” Lomachenko said, “for giving me one more lesson in this interesting sport.”

Lomachenko is THE RING’s No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter, but he appears to have no peer in boxing.

It’s going to take a truly special fighter to top Lomachenko now that he’s smack-dab in his athletic prime, no longer the green fighter relying on a great amateur career and tremendous athleticism.

Is it Mikey Garcia? Or will Lomachenko have to push himself to an even higher weight class to meet a fighter who can beat him?

It’s said that you never know how truly great a fighter is until he meets adversity, and now we know for sure: Lomachenko is one of the special ones.

 

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





  • Carlos

    Fucking bought off referee gives Nochinchenko the longest count in boxing history

    • ceylon mooney

      ah, he got up pretty
      quick

      • Carlos

        The count was pretty slow and i didnt see a single low blow

        • ceylon mooney

          what about the one to lomas left thigh?

          • chickenstock

            Uppercut to the knee!

    • Von Ervy Atienza

      Lomacheko got up quick dumbass so shut the fuck up

      • Carlos

        He took his time counting so he could clear his head shithead.

        • Von Ervy Atienza

          probably lost a fucking bet cunt

    • Julio

      What are you talking about? Loma sprung up immediately and was fine. It was more embarrassment than anything else.

      • Carlos

        How slow was the count so he could clear his head.

        • Julio

          Dude, he got up like fire was shoved up his arse. He was perfectly clear headed. The supposed slow count had no bearing on that fact.

          • Carlos

            Ref took his time

          • Julio

            Yeah I know. Linares got robbed right?

      • TeddyTruth

        Carols lost his house and his balls on this fight. forgive him

        • Julio

          LOL

    • Son Lyme

      Lay off the booze Carlos man – it’s making you talk nonsense.

  • ceylon mooney

    liver not solar
    plexis

  • JV316

    great fight. i had linares up 2-3 pts at time of stoppage. got him with the liver shot. D. Gambino encouraged a wager on over at 9.5 rds but i didnt pull trigger, i think he called loma by 10th rd stoppage. good call DG!

    • ceylon mooney

      i had it tied

      • JV316

        that was clutch by loma

        • ceylon mooney

          huh?

          • JV316

            clutch performance, came up big when the pressure was highest in the 4th quarter

          • ceylon mooney

            ah ok

        • Julio

          Indeed. He really showed the stuff of the great ones in this fight.

      • D. Gambino

        Thanks Cey! Yea I predicted Loma by stoppage in 10th round. I believe that’s the 3rd time I’ve predicted an accurate round stoppage here at Ring. It was a great performance by both guys.

        • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

          great performance by yourself aswell D gambino .
          by the way what will the lotto numbers be this week

    • D. Gambino

      Thanks JV! Man you should’ve bet! LOL! Damn hindsight. It was a really good fight. I was impressed with Linares and Loma.

      • JV316

        Lol! same here man

  • James ‘Bolo’ Gurr

    Linares really put it to him. I had it Loma up at the time of the knockout but not by much. Linares really showed he’s the real deal, especially those who gave him no chance. Great win for Loma though.

    • ceylon mooney

      that strait right was poetry, man

      • Julio

        He won’t get caught with that right hand again. Loma was pretty much having his way with Linares but got a little cute and paid the price for it.

        • James ‘Bolo’ Gurr

          I wouldn’t say all his own way. Linares landed a lot of shots, and banked some rounds. I had it pretty close (Loma slightly up). When Linares let the combos fly he was very effective.

          • Julio

            What I am saying is that the knockdown was key in the way the fight shifted momentum.

          • ceylon mooney

            for some a those combinations punches landed, but for some none did.

        • booyahcah29

          I think you are in the minority. Having his way? C’mon….it was a very close fight.

          • TNT

            Very close. Linares was outlandish Loma too.

          • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

            nope Loma was outlanding Linares

          • James ‘Bolo’ Gurr

            Until the last round, Linares I believe had outlanded Loma, certainly in power punches.

          • Floridastorm

            Linares’s face looked beaten up and he looked exhausted when the fight came to an end. Lomo didn’t have even a mark on him. Lomo also bounced right up from that Linares right hand. I don’t think he was even stunned, just surprised. I can’t see how any judge could have had Linares ahead in the fight. And, that is why Lomo has got to continue knocking out these opponents and never leave a decision in the hands of the biased judges. IMO, A Ukrainian, Russian, or Eastern European will never get a fair decision in the US.

          • nick hapta

            completely agree with everything you said. One judge had it even and one had Linares ahead by 2 points? GBPs influence goes a long way in the US, not just in Vegas. Pathetic.

          • Antonio Mais

            Loma had bruises on his face

          • TNT

            Nope. The broadcast team on ESPN were sharing the punches thrown and landed and guess who was throwing and landing more? Linares.

          • Left Hook2

            I believe Compubox, the humans behind the count, were way off. If they watched it at full speed again, I believe the numbers would be vastly different.

          • TNT

            Full speed? That is not too accurate. Not to say that compubox is very accurate but it is all there is at the moment.

          • Left Hook2

            I agree. I guarantee you that if those same operators watched the fight again, the numbers would be much different.

          • Left Hook2

            Doesn’t mean it is always accurate

          • TNT

            agree. However, there is no alternative. The fact that either of us can cry that compubox is wrong is inconsequential.

            I always argued in favor for some form of computer software that is able to count punches thrown and detect clean punchers landed (per rules partially blocked or parried punches should not count for scoring).

          • Left Hook2

            I don’t like it. Blocked punches can still have the desired effect of wearing down an opponent. That ‘solution’ would be similar to the lame amateur scoring….imho

          • TNT

            Clean punches landed is scoring criteria. A partially blocked or parried shot is not supposed to count. Nor are armshots or shots to the shoulder.

            Such an emphasis separates levels of fighters: those who can lan clean shots and those whose shots are not clean.

            The effects could benefit the boxer who scores a win but logically it would seem that the boxer who lands the most clean shots should be winning. Although some guys have the type of power that is felt no matter what. But while scoring that shouldn’t be held against guys who have skills but lack power.

          • Maksym Vikolash

            https ://youtu.be /Aw5v0GqeE5Y
            Look at this.

          • Left Hook2

            Funny..that’s kinda how I saw the fight…

          • Julio

            I didn’t see Linares equally giving Lomachenko as good as he was getting until the knockdown took place. However, there was a noticeable shift in momentum after it in favor of Linares.

          • ceylon mooney

            til the cut

          • Julio

            Yep. Loma went a tad defensive after it for a little while looking to reset mentally to get back to work.

  • SaqibTehPoetical

    Can we all agree that boxing commentators on ESPN need to stop being cheerleaders and actually call the action as presented?

    I didn’t think it was possible for there to be an equivalent of a Sky Sports Matchroom circlejerk, but apparently there is!

    Great fight. Linares was no cakewalk, and Lomachenko is actually human. No matrix bullcrap. Who knew?

    I wonder where Linares will go from here. I don’t think anyone expected him to knock down Loma, much less make it a competitive fight. And I would’ve not protested a draw, but those cards seem a bit wavey…

    • chickenstock

      Rematch hopefully. Commentators awful.

      • Frank-dogg

        I don’t feel a rematch is necessary. Yes, Lomachenko showed that he is human after all, but he beat the man on top. I want Lomachenko to unify with the winner of Easter Vs Garcia. Set the politics aside and give the fans what we want. After this fight, Lomachenko is P4P #1. Hands down!!!

        • Julio

          Agreed. No need for rematch. Go after Garcia-Easter winner.

          • Frank-dogg

            I can’t envision Lomachenko or Mikey being victorious if they do meet in the fall. That fight is to tough to call right now. Any thoughts?

          • Julio

            I still think that Lomachenko’s superior ring craft will be the difference as usual vs Garcia. Mikey is highly technical in his own right of course, but his style is venom to stationary guys that come after him in a straight line. Lomachenko is the total extreme opposite and that alone would make it tough for Garcia in my humble opinion.

          • Frank-dogg

            Mikey Garcia has great textbook technique and his power is much more evident in the lighter weights, if Loma gets careless like he did tonight (which i highly doubt), I can see Mikey get the ko in the mid rounds being down on the cards. I see this fight being a nail biter indeed.

          • joe blanco

            And Garcia throws a very heavy straight right hand. Plus Garcia has a very good chin and would stand up to Loma’s power.

          • Julio

            He may have a good chin, but watch out for Loma’s liver shot…lol

          • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

            Loma will win a clear UD at 135 …I also believe Linares is a better fighter than Mikey. Mikey would simply not be fast enough and his normally good timing wont be enough

          • Frank-dogg

            Really? I think the Mikey Garcia that fought Lipinets, would take Linares to school and get the knockdown in route to a clear unanimous. I think Mikey’s Power at 135 will demand more respect from Loma. I can’t call the fight just yet. I truly do want that fight to come to fruition. 🤤🤤🤤🤤

          • ceylon mooney

            i dont think linares is better but hes more of of a challenge
            for loma.

          • ceylon mooney

            garcia less difficult for lomachenko than linares.

    • James ‘Bolo’ Gurr

      what were the judges scores at the end?

      • WillieSmalls

        86-84, 84-86, 85-85.

        • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

          dont understand how Linares could be ahead on any scorecards?

    • WillieSmalls

      Commentators give the best blowjobs.

      • joe blanco

        Almost as bad as the commentators for Tyson/Douglas.

    • Julio

      I think Loma was controlling the action until the knockdown. After that there was a clear shift with Linares being more assertive with his offense and combinations while Lomachenko seemed to want to gather himself mentally. Once he saw blood, the tide turned again and Loma resumed his befuddling work on Linares.

      • Dug Fisher

        You viewed the action correctly my friend.

      • joe blanco

        I thought Linares was doing well in rd 10 until the body punch. Linares did much better in the later rds than the earlier rds.

        • Julio

          That Linares “was doing well” is an understatement. What I am saying is that I didn’t see him competing at the same level of ring craft with Loma. He used his physical advantages to stay in the fight. Keep in mind that Loma, as the smaller man, had to take essentially all the risk and that combined with Linares’ overall traits, made for a more compelling fight. Lomachenko as a natural lightweight disposes of Linares in easier fashion.

          • Stephen M

            Yes, Linares’ size kept him in the fight. If Loma stays at lightweight he will have this disadvantage. I don’t see him getting much bigger.

          • Young Winter

            I haven’t watched a replay of the fight, but I didn’t really think Linares was in the fight. I’d give him a couple rounds at best…..I haven’t studied the fight and was tired when watching it, but Loma made him miss wildly, landed the cleaner shots, and showed greater ring generalship skills…..I didn’t see the fight being as competitive as the judges had it…..I dunno????

          • Left Hook2

            Generous judges. .who is Linares’ promoter??? Competitive but no excuse for Linares ahead

    • ceylon mooney

      the cards went all three ways dont they?

    • Spider Rico

      Loma’s still the matrix, his boxing’s skills are supreme but that scare in the 6th is one of the consequences of moving up in weight too fast against bigger, stronger guys. If Loma’s management had given him maybe 2 or 3 tune-ups, so that Loma’s body fills out at 135/brings his power up, he would of KO’ed Linares much earlier.

      • TNT

        That knockdown was more a result of a southpaw walking straight into a right. It was a technical error on Loma’s part that Linares exploited. Caught Loma flush as he was squared up.

        • Spider Rico

          Yeah, he got caught right there. My point is Loma’s has to be careful moving up too fast cuz he was tagging Linares with some hellacious shots all night and it looked like he didn’t have a lot of snap on his punches. I may be wrong on this but I think Lomacheko’s too small/short for 135.

          • Julio

            You are right, but had Linares all marked up even without the cuts. I do agree, however, that 135 might be the wall for him. He might also need to alter his approach a bit and become more of a boxer, while his skills and physical abilities remain intact to deal with the bigger guys.

          • Orca

            Agreed.

          • TNT

            Yup. Linares was landing clean too. And you are right, Loma is pushing it at 135.

          • joe blanco

            Yeah I do not see him going past 135. Hell big hitting featherweights like Morales and Barerra could of over powered him. Loma is just a small guy and I think his skill level can’t take him any further than 135.

          • Orca

            Agreed. His build just isn’t conductive to carrying the extra pounds.

        • joe blanco

          Don’t fool yourself that punch hurt Loma, you could see it in his eyes when it landed, but he handled it like a true pro and avoided contact the rest of the rd in order to clear his head. Linares made a mistake in not pressing him and trying to take him out.

          • TNT

            Never stated otherwise. Hence, Your “don’t fool yourself” statement is awkward and out of place.

          • Julio

            He was fine, he simply wanted to gather himself mentally and go back to work. Besides, the round was almost over.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            It was a flash knockdown.

          • Julio

            Why take the risk? Lomachenko was not anywhere near hurt.

          • Left Hook2

            Only 10 seconds in the round…

      • chickenstock

        But so much more fun they didn’t. They are a ballsy lot

      • Julio

        He got overconfident admiring his work on Linares. He will learn from this.

        • ceylon mooney

          walked right into that straight right. forgot who he wAs fighting

          • Floridastorm

            That punch would have KO’d most fighters. Lomo bounced right up, shrugged it off, and continued his demolition of the best lightweight in the world. “I wanted to continue but the ref stopped it”. Give me a break. Linares was in extreme pain on his stool after the ref stopped it and, if he had continued, it would have ended with him face down 10 seconds later. Lomo is truly a phenom.

          • Stephen M

            Yeah, he didn’t complain when the ref waved it off.

      • Dug Fisher

        Completely agree.

    • Dug Fisher

      Anyone who had Linares up or even on their card entering the 10th doesn’t have a fucking clue how to score fights and should really stick to watching other sports.

      Presumably these people also scored the 6th round for Linares by a 10-8 margin, a round Loma otherwise again asserted his technical dominance, thereby considering that a flash knockdown was worth a THREE point swing for the defending champion!

      • Orca

        I considered making that round even.

        • Dug Fisher

          Even was fair.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Sorry man I think you had too much of the koolaid. I agree it wasnt an automatic 10-8 round and I’m OK with having Lomachenko 2 or 3 points ahead though 9 rounds but I didn’t see any particular dominance or great gulf of separation other than the 4th & 8th round, the others were all competitive and the action & punch numbers reflected that. Rounds 1, 2, & 7 were all close enough to go wither way and the 5th & 6th weren’t whitewashes either and both fighters took each others shots very well, other than the perfect-punch body shot in the 10th.

        • Julio

          You have a valid point, but I think there was a separation in class between the two. Linares was in the fight due to his size advantage and hand speed.

      • joe blanco

        You are telling people they do not know how to score a fight. Then you say a clean hard knockdown by Linares doesn’t earn him a 10-8rd. You are the one who doesn’t know how to score a fight.

        • Dug Fisher

          So a flash knockdown in and of itself is worth 3 extra points for the fighter that scored it?

    • Ten Count Toronto

      The cheerleading was truly shameful and it’s been happening more and more on all networks in the attempt to control spin and “build stars”. It makes it embarrassing to listen to and also distracting as it’s hard to strike a balance between filtering out the propaganda but not overcompensating by focusing too much on the work of the undercredited fighter.

      They my be noticing how it’s apparently worked for MMA to use gross hyperbole and overstatement but their actual in-fight commentary rarely works so hard to push only one guy, rather they’re more likely to oversell the action in the round or the fight as a whole.

    • joe blanco

      Boy do I agree with you there. They make Showtime and HBO look like Switzerland. Hell, I was even surprised they acknowledged that Loma was knocked down. I think it was rd 7or 8 when Linares landed a 4-5 punch combo and those punches seemed to hurt Loma and they were hard because the punches actually knocked him off balance, but ESPN did not mention it at all. BTW I am a Loma fan.

      • Julio

        Lomachenko might have been a tad buzzed, but hurt wasn’t quite what happened at all in the fight except when Loma drilled Linares’ liver.

    • Uncle Sham

      They fired Teddy Atlas for not sticking to the script. LOL…..ESPN is the CNN of sports

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    Hah! I knew this would be Lomie’s toughest fight to date.

  • WillieSmalls

    I had it even going into the 10th. Loma put together some lovely punches but he really doesn’t carry power at this weight or into the future for these bigger guys. Saying that, the body shot which ended it was timed to perfection. I also think the extra weight hindered Loma as his footwork really slowed down,

    Linares’ good bodywork could have played a major part in that. I think Mikey beats Loma at this stage, too many advantages in all areas but speed.

    • AngelMorningstar

      You’re clearly blind af then. Probably extremely biased to if I had to guess.

      • WillieSmalls

        Which part of my comment upsets you so?

    • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

      the only advantages mikey has is power and size technically nobody touches loma. but i do think 135 is lomas limit any higher and he gets sparked out

      • TNT

        Mikey has the technical prowess that will prove difficult for Loma. Likewise, Loma’s speed,footwork and angles might prove troublesome.

        • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

          i dont see mikey being technically better then linares . whatever happens it would be an amazing fight . loma will fight ray beltran next then pac man at 140 .

          • Jack Rabbit

            Ray Beltran went 12 with Bud Crawford. He used to be Pac Mans sparring partner. He’s no push over either. Id still pick Loma to win.

          • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

            im a big ray beltran fan hes an absolute warrior first time i seen him fight was against ricky burns and he was robbed i just hope he gets a good pay day and secures his green card. but he stands no chance against loma he may well hang on for a few rounds coz hes a tough sob but he will be stopped mid rounds.

          • TNT

            They are both distinct. Mikey is a standup boxer puncher with excellent technique. Loma is a southpaw with a unique style. It is more about styles than anything else. And a guy like Mikey might prove wrong for Loma given their styles.

          • Stephen M

            Has Garcia ever fought a good mover?

          • TNT

            If he fights Loma then he’ll face a guy with great footwork, angles, and combinations.

          • Floridastorm

            I agree. After this tough fight why jump into another really tough fight with Garcia? He will defeat Beltran and then Manny. Garcia may be sometime in 2019. However, I would still pick Lomo to defeat Garcia. Garcia has a poor defense that will work right into Lomo’s style.

          • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

            I think pac would be dangerous due to his power i couldnt pick a winner with garcia top drawer fight that would be . Question for you do you think loma would get into HOF right now if he was to retire . I think so but would love to hear other peoples opinions

        • Julio

          Garcia won’t be able to set up traps against Loma. Unless Loma makes the same mistake he did tonight, Garcia’s best bet is to punch with Loma while the Ukrainian does his work on the inside.

          • TNT

            The straight right hand is always there for the orthodox boxer who faces a southpaw, especially if they place their lead foot outside the southpaw’s lead.

            Mikey should use that jab to keep Loma at a distance and use more combinations. Linares was able to land more frequently when he landed combos and moved but he didn’t do it enough.

            Loma just has to try to do what he does. Jaja he is just so good at moving in and out and creating angles.

          • Julio

            I realize that. My point is that Loma got caught by disrespecting Linares’ ability, not necessarily because Linares set up that shot.

        • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

          No technical Linares was a bigger challenge than Mkey would ever be. Mikey is simply too slow and will lose by a clear UD

          • TNT

            There are theee key attributes that factor into a potential fight between Loma and Mikey: Timing, footwork, and style.

            Mikey might be “slower” but his style is that of a standup boxer with outstanding technique and timing.

  • chickenstock

    Close fight, linares and loma seeing opportunities and taking em. No question about loma chin at this weight but I think garcia could ko him. Great punch by the smaller man. Would love to see rematch next.

    • Andrew Clenaghan

      Speed might be a issue for Garcia, but if he can use his size to close off the ring and corner Loma a few times…it could be brutal.

      • Julio

        Loma is too fleet of foot for a plodder like Garcia to corner him.

      • chickenstock

        True, tho I think garcia prefers to let them cone in.

    • Julio

      Honestly, no need for rematch. It was a good fight that appeared very close at times, but only that right hand changed the dynamic of that fight.

      • D. Gambino

        I agree with you Julio. I’d rather see unification than an immediate rematch. Linares can fight someone else while Loma waits for Garcia/Easter winner (which will be Garcia).

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Which could be a long wait.

  • booyahcah29

    I wish this fight could have happened a few years ago. I know impossible but Linares is no longer at his peak. He used to be able to throw dizzying combos not anymore, just ones and twos. Lomachenko though, didn’t have this issue. It helped him to be the fresher fighter. Now I wonder if he can have anywhere near this successful against Mikey.

    • ceylon mooney

      linares throws lots of combos. not so much this fight. that was smart heda made himself too vulnerable.

      • Chris Stans

        I think throwing a lot of punches was why the fight was so close. Whenever he tried to go on the defensive, Loma would pick holes in his guard. Loma does really well when guys don’t throw a lot.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        He had a very good punch output but not necessarily in combinations. Maybe that was designed to keep him out of trouble and also not experience a sudden gas shortage.

  • Observer

    Very interesting. On the one side, Loma looked human tonight. Kudos to Linares. It was weird to see Linares’ arrow quick punches missing. But by round 9 I was thinking Loma can lose this pretty easily if he doesn’t do something drastic. Yet I didn’t expect Loma had the power to put Linares away with a single punch. Especially since the punch didn’t look like that much. Looking forward to seeing more of Loma at 135 – perhaps he wasn’t fully comfortable at the weight yet. Great win – I think this should put Loma on the top of the P4P list. To top this, Crawford would have to KO a top welterweight, Horn doesn’t count..

    • booyahcah29

      Linares is 32 and no longer at his peak. Its been ones and twos now for a couple of years.

      • Julio

        Linares showed that he is still close to his prime, otherwise Lomachenko would have won in a landslide.

        • ceylon mooney

          best ive seen in ages tho his last
          two fights he was busier.

          • Julio

            It is not easy to let your hands go when your target is ghosting you.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        A little past his prime physically and with some mileage on him, but on the other hand in his physical prime he just wasn’t as good an overall fighter, something was missing either mentally or in temperament for whatever reason so the 2014-2016 version was the best version overall. I thought considering the opponent Linares’ form was better than against Campbell & Gesta, probably due to motivation, hard to say if the ones & twos are from diminished ability or an adaptation to reduce risk while improving fuel economy.

    • sege

      Are you kidding? From the camera view from behind Loma’s back i was wincing on the couch watching the replays of that shot….brutal!

    • chickenstock

      Or ggg to tko canelo?

      • ceylon mooney

        oh yea

    • Stephen M

      Live I could hardly see that liver shot but the replay showed that it was really hard.

  • Chris Stans

    This fight was everything I wanted it to be. Linares showed u guys were underestimating him and Loma should be on top of the p4p.

    • booyahcah29

      Its safe to say that Linares is a step below elite. No shame in being an A minus fighter.

      • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

        i think that is a bit harsh linares is elite its just that loma is a step above elite

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Linares is clearly better than any British lightweights in recent decades, but with 3 previous KO losses and best wins being Crolla, Mitchell and Campbell (just barely) I’m not ready to put him on a P4P list just for the elegance of his stance & punch delivery. He was a good test for a great but smaller fighter.But I think we can all agree that the talk 2 years ago of Lomachnko-Crawford at a catchweight was pretty ridiculous.

          • Orca

            I blame Manny Oscar for that kind of madness.

          • Michael Montero

            Manny had ko losses, it happens.

    • Stephen M

      I certainly underestimated Linares. Both on skill and size.

  • Andrew Clenaghan

    What next for Loma…other than a rematch with Linares, Mickey Garcia and Katie Taylor (and maybe Gervonta Davis?) are the only serious challengers that I see!

    • chickenstock

      Garcia hits very very hard. Though he is not as quick as linares. That’s a great fight to be made but arum will steer clear imo.

      • D. Gambino

        Garcia’s timing is, arguably, the best in the business and he’s not that far behind Linares in the speed department. I’m more convinced, after watching Linares, that if anyone can beat Loma – it’s Garcia.

        • chickenstock

          Me too. Hope it gets made end of the year. Have loma take a decent defence in August. Garcia in Oct.

        • ceylon mooney

          i see lomachenkos movement neutralizing or minimizing garcias strong points. linares is a harder fight for lomachenko.

  • chickenstock

    Great fight. Wish it could have gone 15!

  • sege

    I had it even going into the 10th, the knockdown kept Jorge in the fight but Loma was generally a class above most of the time as expected. It seems there is no stopping this guy?! Even the knockdown he handled and recovered from perfectly…
    It was a brutal body shot that stopped Jorge. He looked winded. When a wimp like me is winded I’m totally incapacitated, and that’s what Jorge looked like. I’ve always assumed that boxers can actually push through it and stand and move about while being unable to breathe, does anyone know if that’s the case?
    Great fight anyway, and credit to both guys, Loma just keeps on doing the impossible, Jorge for doing better than many predicted.

    • Dee Money

      Thats a good summary

    • TNT

      Wind had nothing to do with the outcome. Liver shots are horrible. The fact that both guys were standing up until the final moments of the tenth round demonstrated their heart. And yes they breathe. That’s what they train to do. The lower class guys hold their breath or don’t breathe correctly. These guys are elite.

      • sege

        I mean when you are winded and it is physically impossible to breathe because your diaphragm muscles are in spasm. Not when you’re tired. Like, when that happens it freaks you out, but do these guys get up and attempt to move anyway? It looked like Linares tried to stand but physically couldn’t. Just wondered.

        • Julio

          Credit to Linares still because very few fighters are able to muster the strength to just get up, but it was obvious that he wasn’t fit to continue contrary to his post fight remarks.

  • YouCanCallMeSweet

    Great performance. Great test being knocked down and still winning the fight..let alone by one punch ko! Definitely would pay to see the winner of Garcia and Easter vs Lomachenko!

  • Michel Desgrottes

    ‪Newfound respect for Linares, it’s hard to survive a liver shot, no shame in that, boy that Mikey Garcia fight looks even more interesting and Mikey looks better now, if Linares can time Loma, what can Mikey do?‬

    • WillieSmalls

      Mikey by KO all day long, too big, too strong. No shame on loma, he’s a great fighter but you have to respect weight classes and he’s pushing it against these bigger guys.

      • AngelMorningstar

        No chance.. NONE! Loma will EASILY school the super slow turtle Garcia.

        • chickenstock

          I’d take garcia but nothing loma does surprises me now… He is that gifted.

          • ceylon mooney

            garcia not as difficult for loma aS linares, but hes better.

          • Julio

            Garcia is a textbook fighter with solid fundamentals but in my opinion it will require another Lomachenko error for Mikey to find a home for his counters since he is pretty slow with both hands and feet.

          • Mitchell Nelms

            Yeah, everyone here is giving Mikey the punchers chance. I used to be that way, if he can hit him it will be all over… Mikey is good, but I don’t know if he’ll be able to clip Loma.

          • WillieSmalls

            The key to beating Loma is good body work. Linares did a good job slowing him down tonight, Salido laid down the blueprint (albeit sometimes illegally).

          • Mitchell Nelms

            The key to beating most fighters is good body work, Lomachenko is no exception.

          • Julio

            That’s right. And that’s how Lomachenko ended a good fighter, with body work.

          • ceylon mooney

            the loma who struggled with salido no lomger exists.

          • WillieSmalls

            He doesn’t like it to the body, he complained of low shots a few times when the shots were legal.

          • Julio

            He doesn’t like to the back of the head either.

          • WillieSmalls

            This is boxing, not ballet.

          • Jack Rabbit

            Well the Russian Commies prefer ballet.

          • Floridastorm

            Low blows and rabbit punches are dangerous and illegal. Have no place in any boxing match. But, of course, you are OK with them.

          • WillieSmalls

            It’s a rough sport. Man up & fight.

          • Julio

            Sure, tell that to Prichard Colon.

          • WillieSmalls

            A sad story. Fouls occur in all sport, I’m surprised more fighters don’t protect the back of their head in a clinch.

          • Julio

            And I am surprised that the powers that be do not punish those using illegal tactics with more severity.

          • Tudor Pascanu

            Salido wasn’t afraid to let his hands go

          • Ten Count Toronto

            I’m not so sure, he once again kept looking to the referee for real and imagined low blows. After the Salido fight I expected the next time a couple of fouls go un-addressed, Loma would take enforcement into his own hands, Apparently long time habits die hard.

          • Julio

            Linares landed some good body shots, but Loma also picked up many of them with his gloves and arms. I don’t think the Salido comparison is very accurate since Loma was a totally different fighter when he faced Salido than he is know.

          • WillieSmalls

            Loma is a quality fighter, I’ve stated that in previous comments. At this weight and higher up these guys are going to be too big & strong for him considering his lack of power. Technically Loma beats everyone but that is only going to play out in evenly matched fights, I don’t see the Mikey fight as an even.

          • Julio

            Garcia won’t win a technical fight vs Lomachenko. He will need to find a way to catch him in between exchanges since he is not fast enough to land the way Linares did today.

          • WillieSmalls

            Garcia will make it a dog fight like Salido did. He has nothing to worry about on the inside with Loma, just time him in between his combinations.

          • Julio

            Garcia is a precision, calculating fighter. He handles pretty well stationary guys but has not been paired with movers and slickters for reasons unknown. Wonder how he fares against the best of them all.

          • WillieSmalls

            I hope we get to find out.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            I don’t see Garcia as that much more of an infighter than Linares. They are both essentially snipers. They look to land clean punches in the middle of the ring off a jab or a feint. They don’t really use their body mass or brute strength to crowd, push, immobilize or weigh down their opponent. They do leave the door open to a smaller fighter to hit & run on them.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            Yeah I agree with you on that observation. Mikey doesn’t walk down the opposition and break them to submission as Golovkin does. Mikey is more of a technician whose potency lies in his great timing and counter punching ala JMM. But definitely, he is more powerful and stronger than Linares. And that I think will present some problems to Loma as Loma will have to take the fight to him and with his tendency to be aggressive that could open opportunity for Garcia to also catch him.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            The danger is definitely there, And as a younger and fresher fighter than Linares and without the baggage of 3 KO losses, Garcia might feel even bolder and more comfortable to punch at the same time as Lomachenko. He also appears to be in no hurry to make the fight as it’s logical that with each passing year and Lomachenko fighting at higher weights, the needle will move at least a little bit in the direction of a more stationary, less frenetic style of fight which can only benefit Garcia.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            The way i see it after his fair below expectation performance against Linares, Loma is in a horn of dilemma: Face Garcia as soon as possible and risk the price of his unpreparedness in tackling a seasoned and dangerous fighter as Mikey. Or defer it for later when he had acclimatized himself at lightweight and risk missing that fight at 135 should Mikey decides to move up to 140 again and for good. I don’t think he can tackle and beat Mikey at 140.

          • Julio

            I agree that Garcia can catch him and is powerful enough to make a number on Lomachenko. But he will need to be more active than usual and not so cerebral, otherwise Lomachenko will dance circles around him.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            Of course but I think the basic strategy will still be to wait for Loma to take the fight to him as he is most effective and dangerous that way.

          • Julio

            Right, but keep in mind that Loma will not come straight at him. Garcia so far has feasted only on one dimensional and predictable fighters. He has never seen anything remotely as dynamic as Lomachenko is.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            Let’s wait for his performance versus Easter.

          • Julio

            Mayweather was highly offensive in his early years Teddy. That being said, in his fight against Marquez he had all the advantages that he could wish for. Size, speed, quickness, footwork, ring IQ, etc. Loma has most of those tools too, but the size and reach disadvantage is what truly make things balance out vs Garcia. Similar to what we saw last night.

          • Floridastorm

            Lack of power? Lomo beat up Linares all night and knocked him out. What more power do you want? He just KO’d the biggest lightweight in the division, that’s all.

          • WillieSmalls

            He landed some very nice touches on Linares but very few landed with an real authority. The body shot was well placed & timed.

          • Julio

            True, but I guess that if Chocolatito lands the same shot on Linares it won’t even tickle him.

          • Teddy Reynoso

            Three others have kayoed Linares before Loma did it.

          • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

            Technically Loma is way above Mikey and at 135 Mikey wouldnt have a chance

          • WillieSmalls

            On the first point I agree. To say Mikey wouldn’t have a chance at 135 is ridiculous.

          • ceylon mooney

            his lack of power and smaller
            size suited him just fine against the #2 lightweight.

          • Jack Rabbit

            Thank you. It makes Salidos win that more impressive . I don’t wanna hear about low blows, cuz if any other boxer that’s not MEXICAN does it all we will hear is ” oh he’s so crafty ” or ” the old veteran getting the younger man off him” and also the weight . Loma took the fight knowingly.

          • Julio

            Dude, that Lomachenko doesn’t exist. Have you forgotten that Salido was offered the rematch and took the coward’s way out? He knew what was coming.

          • Jack Rabbit

            You are calling Salido a coward? Wow you’re a real tough guy? Salido came up tough dude. Nothing was ever given to the man. He beat Loma point blank ! It doesn’t matter. Salido is not dumb he knows that Loma has hit his stride and he’s on the decline, but to call the man a coward? That’s too much.

          • Julio

            Yes I did. What prevented him from taking the rematch and really set the record straight? No ballooning up like a welterweight on fight night and fight clean.

          • Jack Rabbit

            Calling Salido a coward says alot about you keyboard tough guy.

          • Julio

            It says a lot about Salido. And you have not provided a single reason why not take the fight except that saying that Salido is old, past his best, blah blah blah. Take your beating like a man on equal terms.

          • Jack Rabbit

            The guy is old and he realizes that. What the eff is wrong with That? He should get in the ring with a bad ass like Loma just becuz u want him to? Hahaha GTFOH! You’re probably the same guy who gets mad at athletes who won’t give autographs while they’re out with their families.

          • Julio

            Like I said, he is a coward, and he fought in a cowardly way showing up like a welterweight and fighting dirty.

          • Jack Rabbit

            You’re calling a guy who fights for a living a coward? While u hide behind a keyboard?

          • Julio

            Any fighter that intentionally shows up overweight and use whatever tactics legal or otherwise to gain an edge in any regulated combat discipline is a coward in my view. You got a problem with me saying that? Deal with it.

          • Jack Rabbit

            GFUS

          • Julio

            cry baby! hahaha. You must be a coward yourself!

          • Ten Count Toronto

            If Loma is as bold as he was against Linares, he would get KO’d or at least dropped too many times to win on points, He will need to slap & get out quick all night long.

          • Arjay Cee

            Maybe, though I think Mikey would be willing to trade with Loma. He isn’t going to finesse him.

            It would be a painful win, but it’s almost certainly the larger Mikey who will throw harder and suck it up better.

            Ventriloquist and puppet:

            http://www.latimes.com/resizer/8T_H0UYfPb_zY0F25x3lKGNZEuA=/1400×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/MYUXNIIH2BAPDH2BNZBKHEE3AE.jpg

          • Tudor Pascanu

            I thinl Garcia beats loma however it won’t be easy finding that lill round head while Loma willsurely find that giant Garcia pumpkin. So i think the bodypunching will be the difference

          • Stephen M

            I noticed that photo too. I think it might be misleading. Garcia is listed as 5’6″ and Loma 5’7″ on Boxrec. I do think that Garcia is bigger but not to the extent that photo would lead us to believe.

          • Arjay Cee

            Hmmm… You could be right. A little deep focus on the lens? Leaving that aside, what do you think of Mikey’s combination of size/skills vs. Loma’s?

          • Stephen M

            Well, a lot of people favor Mikey quite a bit. Teddy Atlas was saying that Mikey has the second best feet, after Loma, in boxing. Garcia will have longer reach and more punching power. And the great timing as everyone says. The big unknown is how Garcia deals with Loma’s movement and activity level. All those punches Loma throw from all over. Lipinets landed well on Garcia so definitely Loma will land more. I guess it’s going to depend on Loma’s chin. If it holds up he can slowly pick Garcia apart. It’s a close fight I’d say. What about you?

          • Arjay Cee

            Honestly, I can’t think of anything to add to your analysis — you said it perfectly.

            After watching this weekend’s fights, I know I’d love to see a Gary Russell Jr. rematch with Loma, too.

          • Julio

            He will need to trade with Lomachenko because that’s essentially his best shot.

        • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

          exactly…Mikey is the most overrated cherry picking fighter of the top fighters out there…when he meets Lomas versityle style he will have problems..Mikeys style is made for Loma not the other way around

      • LOMATARD

        We shall see

      • Julio

        I respect your opinion which is very valid, but I also wonder what your opinion would be had the knockdown never happened. And keep in mind that it was primarily due to Loma getting a tad too arrogant in there and got caught. Pretty akin to the way Marquez got Pacquiao.

        • WillieSmalls

          Mistakes can be costly. I agree he got caught squaring up but I think Linares had plenty of success prior to the knockdown.

          • Julio

            I think Linares competed gallantly, but I still don’t think he gave Lomachenko as good as he got overall.

          • WillieSmalls

            I had it even going into 10, Loma definitely looked the more impressive with his flashy punching but I think the size advantage of Linares had a major impact on this fight. And could/should have been the deciding factor.

          • Julio

            Lomachenko looked technically superior in my view for most of the fight. Certainly Linares put his size and above average hand speed to good use. Those two elements kept him in the fight. A natural 135 Loma finishes the job a few rounds earlier and with less drama.

          • Stephen M

            Linares has fast feet too.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            Neither Linares nor Garcia have any inside fighting ability whatsoever to really make use of bulk. So while the size will help them absorb Lomachnko’s punches a little better and have little more body behind their own shots, they really don’t get a lot of mileage out of it because they’re basically snipers.

          • joe blanco

            Yeah it is just that the ESPN commentators were refusing to call many of Linares clean, effective, landed punches. That is why so many are saying Loma dominated Linares easily because they listen to the ESPN teams bias and go along with it.

          • Julio

            Linares landed his fare amount of shots, but many of those flurries didn’t find the mark.

          • Thomas Browning

            Lomachecko gave up 4 inches in reach and had to be the aggressor; otherwise, he would’ve been on the end of Linares’ power shots all night. I think Loma should stay at 130.

        • Dug Fisher

          Exactly. We’re really talking about one flash knockdown and, other than one nice solid combination from Linares a few rounds later and some solid body shots here and there, it was really another cakewalk for Loma from a technical perspective.

          • Julio

            Technically, I agree that Lomachenko schooled him as expected.

        • Michael Montero

          And he got straight up, wonder if the usual would’ve been so vocal when black fighters get dropped..

        • Jack Rabbit

          Marquez punch was well thought out.

          • Julio

            It was, but that is not the point. Lomachenko walked in very casually with little regard of what was coming after.

          • Jack Rabbit

            What I’m saying is let’s give Linares some credit.

          • Julio

            He deserves credit for seizing the opportunity indeed.

          • James Otis

            Loma had some regard….his glove was up covering his chin from a right cross or hook. Linares threw the straight right. Right punch at the right time. Loma jumped up right away but stayed away for the 7 seconds or so that were left in the round. He was a little buzzed I think. Does he jump up like that if Garcia throws that same punch? Maybe. Loma showed a good chin at the weight.

          • Julio

            It was a technical error on his part. The way he moved in, he was taunting Linares.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Garcia went down against Burgos though…

        • Michael Montero

          And Rocky Martinez, a lot of black people don’t like him for obvious reasons, let’s call a spade a spade.

    • YouCanCallMeSweet

      I thought that as soon as he went down. Linares landed some nice left hooks too! Garcia is definitely the harder puncher.

      • Stephen M

        Yes but Linares is much faster and fleet of foot.

    • ciobanu catalin

      Nothin’

    • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

      Mikey doesnt have the speed and will loose a clear UD despite his timing abilties

      • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

        at 135 that is 🙂

    • Arjay Cee

      Mikey is 60-40 in my book to win that contest. Not on skills. Size and weight.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Mikey apparently didn’t like his own chances against either guy that much and walked away from dates with both of them. Politically the Linares fight would have been easier to make, he rejected it multiple times and now Linares would be leftovers.

    • Michael Montero

      If Rocky Martinez can time Mikey what can Loma do…

      • Michel Desgrottes

        Mikey lost? Lmaoooo

        • Michael Montero

          No he got put on the seat of his pants just like Lomachenko. Which has people like you all excited.

          • Michel Desgrottes

            But did he lose??? Lmaooooo

          • Michael Montero

            Did Loma lose? Wonder if you were mouthing off when your favourite black fighters got dropped on the way to victory…

          • Michel Desgrottes

            Shoutout to SaliDo lmaooooooo

          • Michael Montero

            You really are retarded. Crawfords resume is trash. His best win is arguably Postol, a guy who’s going to get smashed by a 12-0 fighter lol.

          • Michel Desgrottes

            Shoutout to Omaha, you’re upset

  • Lee McGuire

    What makes the fight even better was that it was on ESPN. If Garcia-Loma happens, it’s PPV for sure.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    All fans need to contact Top Rank (email, Twitter, whatever) and let them know you WANT Lomie vs. Mikey.

  • YouCanCallMeSweet

    Garcia wants the fight too after watching that str8 right hand. If he punched with or timed loma…

  • TNT

    Good win. It was a close fight.

  • Dee Money

    Feel like loma might have found his limit for now….hes probably the most skilled fighter around but there comes a point when the size and weight discrepancy become too much. For now, the top dogs at 135 are his max, and clearly not him at his relative p4p best

    • TNT

      Yup. The Salido fight showed us that though. There are weight classes for a reason

    • booyahcah29

      As good as Mikey is he found out pretty quick that 140 was too much.

      • TNT

        Given his size Miley can compete at 149 but he’ll have to do it the traditional way: growing into the division. He can’t just all of a sudden fight in it and expect to be as physically effective.

        • booyahcah29

          I wouldn’t favor him over someone like prograis. I wouldn’t be surprised if on e of those young guns uses their size to wear him down. He doesn’t have the power there.

      • WillieSmalls

        Mikey looked fat at 140

    • Nixtradamus

      Loma fought a good opponent – that’s all. He is supposed to be in tough fights. Good performance by Loma.

      • Dee Money

        Yeah, good at 135. That same quality at 140 (the next wt class up) in my opinion would be too much. Opponent would be too strong and Loma not his best (at least for now)

        • Nixtradamus

          I agree. Loma is best at 130, 135. Good fight.

  • Nixtradamus

    Good performance by Lomanchenko in a very close fight. A pity the ESPN guys were calling a different fight from the one in front of them. Much worse than HBO.

    • DougWilsonFan

      The bias was awful! That being said I had Loma up 86-84 at the time of the stoppage, no blowout but he was leading

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    OK, Mythical Match-Up time! Lomie vs. Broner at 135. Also, Lomie vs. Pacquiao at 135.

    • B A

      I think Loma wins both. Pac man is a harder fight for him though.

    • chickenstock

      Peak pac stops loma imo. There is no peak broner 🙂

  • B A

    Great match. Impressed with both fighters. Im very confused how one judge had Linares winning. Thats a stretch in the fight i saw.

    • Alan

      Agree.

  • Lee McGuire

    De la Hoya must have cringed hard reliving that exact same shot from Hopkins. That Linares even got up proves his toughness. Great championship fight. Competitive, some drama, and clutch comeback. Can’t wait until next weekend. Would love to see Stevenson outboxed by Badou Jack.

    • chickenstock

      Stevenson ko would be hilarious

      • Lee McGuire

        Even better!

    • Julio

      Especially with a shot that landed with complete force from a much smaller man, unlike the one that Hopkins landed on Oscar.

    • James Otis

      Jack must get the KO. Uncle Al had the judges fill out the cards along with the contracts.

  • Canek

    Great fight, FOTY contender. Congrats to Loma, sexy body shot KO.
    Congrats to the Lomasexuals, they didn’t have to jump back on the Pacquiao bandwagon.

    • LOMATARD

      “Sexy body shot”

      “Lomasexuals”

      hmmmmm you love to see naked man right?

      Pacquiao is dead already

      • Canek

        Only if they wear makeup.

        • LOMATARD

          jeez

  • Steven Aievoli

    Question….Lomo fights Pac next at 140. What happens?

    • chickenstock

      Probably wins from activity? But couldn’t handle prime manny imo.

      • Julio

        Toss up fight in my opinion.

    • James Otis

      Pac gets elected Pinoy prez.

  • Alan

    Wanted to just sit and bask in it afterward for a while. The speed of Lomachenko…I honestly felt like I was watching some kind of special circus acrobat or dance attraction. Training in classical dance, indeed.

    And the brilliance and danger and skill of Linares. Ah, it was something…

  • Jack Rabbit

    Great win for Loma! Linares is in fact Elite and the commentators weren’t giving Linares his due. I had Linares winning up until the KO.

    • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

      he is defo elite but he was missing and hitting a lot of glove.
      close fight i had loma up by 3

  • LOMATARD

    What a fight. Bring it on MIkey Garcia

    • Gian Torres

      You have to ask yourself if you like Loma more because you live through him vicariously or if you really want what’s best for him???? The best thing for Loma now is a fight vs Pacroid… that would be a huge $$$$$ and legacy fight that he should win. I said the same about Danny Garcia when his name was being thrown around as an opponent for Floyd. Angel didn’t like the idea because he was worried about fucking “legacy”. Flash forward some time later and Danny is taking a very dangerous fight vs Thurman for much, much le$$ and loses. SMH…

      • LOMATARD

        Pacroid is way loooong dead already. He cant fight here anymore. Move on.

  • ciobanu catalin

    Golden boy and fixed refs… Always hand in hand, they had it even in the 10th….what a f laugh

    • Stephen M

      Bob Arum surely made certain the judges weren’t biased.

  • Gian Torres

    Wow! Forget the knockdown, Loma was off balance and didn’t seem impressed in the least afterwards… but got damn this kid is the best natural fighter other than Duran… but with only 12 fucking fights!!!! Look, he needs to get Pacroid’s ass in the ring for a legacy and monster $$$ fight ASAP. Pac does best vs stiffs, but apart from the obvious skilled Pac foes, we can consider Oscar Larios’ performance vs him and be sure that Loma is light years better. I sincerely feel deeply honored to be watching this kid’s career.

    • LOMATARD

      Pacquiao still alive?

      • Gian Torres

        He’s low hanging fruit for Loma. Got damn I swear he literally made me squint my eyes because he seemed to be moving at a different speed than Linares in a way that Linares looked as if he were in slow motion. Linares was moving fast tho, it’s just that Loma moved so shockingly fast. Little fucker put a big smile on my face at that moment!

        • Andy T

          Put a big smile on my face too how quick was his liver shot I didn’t,t know what had happened until I seen the slow mo

        • LOMATARD

          So Lomie passes eye test on you?

  • Frank-dogg

    Who wins between Mikey Garcia vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko, if Garcia is victorious coming this June. I can’t envision Lomachenko or Mikey being victorious if they do meet in the fall. That fight is to tough to call right now. Any thoughts?

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I can see Lomachenko winning if he commits to a more defensive and tactical fight. I feel he had thoughts of not just winning but having an electrifying performance here and gave Linares opportunities to land some power shots. If he boxed Garcia or any elite 140lber that way it would be big trouble, but if he can commit to a negative hit & run plan he would have shot provided he does it soon enough before he looses even a fraction of step.

    • Stephen M

      Hard to say but Mikey hasn’t fought many movers…

      • Frank-dogg

        Yeah we’ll see how Mikey manages with Robert’s height. I think Mikey will get his rythm after the early rounds and score efficiently.

        • Stephen M

          I think Easter is made to order for Garcia.

        • ceylon mooney

          easter is easy work fpr garcia.

  • Ana Carolina Andrade Fisch-Tho

    Dont understand the judges cards. Loma was clearly ahead on points in my book but in a though fight

    • Ten Count Toronto

      You were influenced by the one-sided cheerleading in the broadcast. While the 9th was the only really clear cut Linares round, 1,2 , 6 & 7 were all close enough to go either way and the knockdown in the 6th would make it 10-8 Linares on most cards so I don’t think it’s totally outrageous to have an Even fight through 9 or even Linares up by one although I certainly wouldn’t go that far,

      • Orca

        You kidding? You’re telling him that the reason he had the scorecard the way he had it was because he was influenced by the commentators? How about, that’s just the way he saw it? Lots of us can tune out the cheerleaders you know.

        • Stephen M

          I believe Ana Carolina is a lady.

    • william ellis

      It was a hard fight to score: Linares threw more punches and landed more power punches than Loma – but Loma was very good at blocking and landed a little more cleanly – except for the knockdown in round 6. I think Linares clearly won rounds 1, 6 (10-8), and 7, which makes for a close fight for me through 9.

  • Arjay Cee

    Nice piece of writing, Mike Coppinger.

    Linares enjoyed a criminally impressive 14-lb. weight advantage. Let the records show he lost not only the lightweight belt tonight. Loma also out-gunned him at jr. middle. (Hope you lost a pile at the bookies, Oscar!)

    The knockdown is an omen. Larger guys will make Loma’s job at 135 a bit more exciting for us, or hair raising depending on your view. The move will be more punishing for him. It’s a big ask to pit him against the giant Mikey Garcia who seems to be able to upload and download weight into the cloud as needed.

    Economically, that’s the game–chasing prizes across dietary minefields. But I’d rather see this boxing genius fight at the weight where he belongs, and the longer, the better.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      The weight wasn’t that huge a factor because neither fighter really rumbles inside or uses body contact attrition in any way. Its the boxing equivalent of a 3-point shooting contest.

      • Stephen M

        You could tell though that Linares hit much harder. And had Linares been the same size he wouldn’t have lasted as long.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          The weight gave some free, effortless power to everything he touched Lomachenko with. I think the height & overall length helped more than the weght, lomachenko had to constantly overcome that outsretched front leg & long jabbing arm to punch above Linare’s shoulder level, it took away some of his leverage in head shots. But Lomachenko’s reflexes, slipperiness and balance allowed him to disipate some of the power of Linares’ punches and thus not be the worse for wear despite Linares’ shots packing more heat.

      • Arjay Cee

        Fair point, though I don’t think the weight took anything off that right hand Loma caught.

        I don’t believe weight was the biggest factor in keeping the fight close. Of more note is the way that Linares worked combinations on the inside that left Loma momentarily fazed. His technical skill in decoding the Matrix was of a high caliber indeed–two ring poets at work.

  • Oc

    Excellent fight, both guys did themselves and their teams proud.

    Linares
    looked excellent and had just had a very good round 9 winning it fairly
    convincingly but in the fashion of the fight Loma took the next round
    back (and then some).

    That said LW is probably NOT the division
    for Loma, Jorge is big for the division but he is not monster strong or
    powerful like, say, Garcia and Loma would take a lot of damage if he
    stays at the weight…Loma has challenges aplenty at SFW.

    Something to note: there are two ways to pressure an opponent, one is you
    yourself pick up the pace of your own fighting and make them match it by
    constantly marching into the opponent (not away from them) and the
    other way is: you feint them into all sorts of reactions and movement
    they are not intending to do and slowly fatigue them through confusion.
    Loma does both of these methods to the absolute extreme but…and here
    in lies the problem for Loma at LW, These boys are bigger than he is,
    they’re heavier and they hit harder…picking up the pace and marching
    into any heavier fighter, or worse a sniper like Garcia, WILL spell
    serious damage or maybe doom for the new champion, there will be a few
    guys in the division that can hurt, drop and maybe even stop Loma if he
    uses this tactic with them…Linares almost got there by doing just
    that. That leaves Loma with only his feints to apply the pressure, so if
    he stays at LW…we will rarely get to see him at his sublime best as
    his pressure game will most likely be halved.

    • Stephen M

      I agree with you but is there another guy at lightweight that can match Loma’s foot speed? I agree though that a fight with Mikey is really dangerous for Loma.

      • ceylon mooney

        it bit just speed is

      • Oc

        No I very much doubt that…what are your thoughts on Davis’s speed of foot? I reckon they may well compare (if not nearly so technical). That’s another dangerous match up for Loma and could be real interesting with Davis’ sharp, powerful punching thrown in for good measure.

        • Stephen M

          Davis is scary good. Everyone thinks he needs more experience though, so I’ll just go with the crowd.

          • Oc

            If I’m Loma I’m looking for that fight before the one with Mikey and before Davis gets better (something I doubt, the guy is talented but lacks maturity/stability in a huge way) or loses.

    • william ellis

      Agree entirely – Loma is P4P best, but he is not a true lightweight yet, and I think Garcia might be too much for him at that weight. Mikey’s got a reach advantage too. But maybe Garcia can’t come down to Lightweight and be at this best there anymore – which of course would play to Loma’s advantage.

      • Oc

        We’ll see soon enough when he fights Easter but I agree Garcia’s strength and length could be the tipping point in his favor. Loma needs to take a deep breath and think about his next step. No replay of Chocolatito’s career thank you.

  • Maksym Mykhailian

    I have been expected to see a pocker face of De La Hoya after such shiny smile but unfortunately seems that he paid to the operator not to focus at him. Great fight of great champions, that was a fact.

  • Tudor Pascanu

    Happy for Munguia! he was about to have his career finished due to some stupid management and now he is a world champion. And one that could put it on Hurd.

  • ozzy

    DAMN! Sounds like I missed a really great fight. The article is a bit confusing because on the one hand it seems to say that Loma was fighting as he has done recently and dominating Linares but at the same time the judges had the fight really close at the time of the stoppage?

    Can’t wait to get back home and watch the fight – I just hope Loma’s shoulder problem is a minor one as shoulder injuries can easily screw up even the best fighter’s careers.

    • Orca

      Yeah, it was one of those fights. Lots of varying opinions flying around.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      It was a very nice fight with lots of eye candy for fans of perimeter boxing, Nice hand skills from both and difference making omni-directional mobility from Lomachenko. However I didn’t see it as dominating performance, lots of rounds were closely contested and could have gone either way. The only clear separation as achieved by Lomachenko in the 4th & 8th (the later was answered by a very strong Linares 9th) the knockdown by Linares was clean but Lomachenko wasn’t really hurt, and other than the perfect body shot to end the fight, both guys took each others punches without much trouble, nobody seemed in danger of breaking down inside the distance. Lomachenko was just a little quicker, fresher, more creative and maneuverable for the win. The body=shot KO was a bonus.

      • Andy T

        I loved it Loma always fights in the zone and as the smaller / lighter fighter he was the one who pressed for the majority of the fight.
        Loma does not have the concussive power so Linares was always live in the fight.
        Have you ever seen a quicker power punch thrown than the one Loma took Linares out

        • Ten Count Toronto

          I’ve seen quicker punches but seldom ones that were masked so well and set up with the diversion attack upstairs, that contributed to making it sudden and nearly undefendable.

  • Neil Uy

    It looks like Garcia and Loma are fast becoming rivals and and the two top dogs in boxing just like Mayweather and Pacquiao..I think the rivalry between the two will be the second coming of the May-Pac rivalry.

    • Orca

      God I hope not

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Can’t put much more meaning to this victory as Loma was the overwhelming favorite to win either by knockout or runaway decision. Until the knockout, Loma was trailing on one card and held to standoff in another. That means he had to work hard to salvage the win.
    Though Linares had improved considerably since years ago when he suffered his last three knockout losses, he still had the same old weaknesses, particularly his tendency to tire out in the closing rounds.
    It would be prudent for Loma to further acclimatize himself and gain more seasoning at his new weight class if ever he decides to really move up before thinking of a clash with Mikey Garcia.
    Loma has a few days to decide whether to leave the junior lightweights and vacate his WBO title and move up to the lightweights where he is now the WBA and Ring champion.

  • Tony Nightstick

    The only thing likely to at least somewhat mar Lomachenko’s place in ring history is the relatively small number of fights he’ll probably wind up having — 25 or so. Anyway, that liver shot was amazing.

    • Stephen M

      On the other hand, all his fights except one have been world title fights. That’s got to be a record.

      • Andy T

        Yeh Box Nation reeled out the stats unbelievable he has fought 7 ex World Champions he was a stone lighter on fight night than Linares and this win gave his 3rd title at different weights in his 12th fight. P4P No 1 got to be IMO

  • Orca

    Great fight. Lots of skill in there. Linares size played as big a part as his great skills. Just a huge size difference.i had it 6-3 in rounds at time of stoppage to Lomachenko, so a to point Marvin. Many of Jorge’s punches were hitting leather or just missing. There was temptation to reward him for being war more competitive than expected. Saying that, Linares was great tonight, far better than he’s fought in a while. He gave Loma serious issues for some of that fight. Loma was brilliant, if a bit scrappy early on. He’s going to ache today. He did not look like a lightweight in there. Weighing in at 138 proves that. His reign at 135 will be interesting. I’m betting Mikey Garcia and his fans will be a lot more confident after tonight.

    • Stephen M

      Loma is not a lightweight. Makes the win even more impressive. Linares did much better than I thought. Part of that was size and the other part was speed. I’m not convinced that Mikey will do as well as Linares. I can’t remember Mikey fighting a really mobile boxer. Although if Mikey lands like Linares did it might be lights out for Loma…

  • Mariano Alonso

    So what’s next for Lomachenko after this fight?

    Mickey Garcia is 140 lbs, Robert Easter Jr. doesn’t look as a real challenge for Loma, and there is nothing else i guess. Are we going to see some tune up fight against some bigger man thinking on 140 lbs? Lomachenko is just a beast, his pressure, footwork, combination and defense are just too much for anybody. I’m a fan of boxing but i don’t pretend to see Lomachenko going for a 4 major belt in different weight division in just 13 fights. Any idea?

    • Stephen M

      Mikey is fighting Easter at 135.

      • Mariano Alonso

        Mikey vs Loma at 135, let’s go ;D

  • Ten Count Toronto

    I wouldn’t have stopped the fight of that magnitude if Linares had beat the referee’s count. No need to give him something to contest or complain about. Personally I don’t think Linares was up at 10 seconds anyway but I’m not 100% sure when the timekeeper started counting or if the referee picked it up on time or was going by his own count started after he sent Lomachenko to a neutral corner. But since apparently it wasn’t ruled as a being counted out.

  • Andrew Clenaghan

    The only fighter at a similar weight with the technical ability to beat Loma, is
    The Bray Bomber.

  • John Grady

    I am always most impressed when dominant fighters endure true adversity, especially getting knocked down, yet display heart and adaptability to compete favorably. Great performance by one of the best fighters on earth, and hats off to JL who came to fight and put forth a quality effort.

  • joe blanco

    “Linares looked shaky in two lightweight title defense victories entering the bout”

    What bullsh*t.

    • ceylon mooney

      sidnt look shaky at all to me. he won tough fights.

  • RayK

    Lomachenko looked filled out. Linares looked like he had make weight.

  • Colnef

    No problem for me if Loma takes over as No.1 P4P based on this victory. If he can get Mikey Garcia in the ring and win he would solidify the position but it is a big ask as I slightly favour Garcia based on the Linares fight.

    • Alan

      No way I would favor Garcia over Lomachenko. Would Garcia have a chance? Sure, just like Linares did, because of a dangerous power and refined technique that was always there as long as he was in the fight. But no way I would favor either man over the dancing needler, aka Mr. rat-tat-tat.

  • A Woo

    It was a great fight. We need a Loma Linares 2… Linares was outlanding and was throwing more but Loma was the stalker and provided a lot of pressure and landing at all angles. Would have been interesting to what the scores would have been if Linares recovered and it went the full 12…

    • Mariano Alonso

      Agree. If he beats Linares again, then he can think on Garcia. Linares is a warrior. Loma is in The Matrix, he has advantage.

      • Alan

        Doesn’t need to fight Linares again, and Lomachenko dominated round by round scoring, in my opinion. Linares remained dangerous and stayed in there where others would have quit, but it doesn’t change the stunning whirling dervish brilliance and pure boxing artistry that was Lomachenko, and that had Linares absolutely drenched in sweat and exhausted from about round 3, on, with a face of pulp.

        Punch stats seemed off to me even on power punches, but Lomachenko’s jabs were really just as good as power punches, and he landed them constantly.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Linares threw and landed fight high punch numbers in round 9. He was nowhere near done or exhausted. The perfect body punch that ended the fight could have the same effect in 1st or second round if it landed just so. Lomachenko was held to very low punch output in several of the rounds, a reflection of a competitive and dangerous fight.

          Thecompubox did seem to undercredit Lomachenko a little bit for the jabs & body work, but then again alot of those would have been touches – sometimes they count those touches (that’s what it too to get Mayweather into double digits soe rounds…) sometimes they don’t. But the stats were very much in the ballpark and totally destroy the contrived narrative that Linares was beat up or in any way reluctant.

          With all that said, I agree that Lomachenko doesn’t need to fight Linares again, he was should have been ahead on all cards through 9 and was on his way to winning without the KO. However there are far worse fights out there than a Linares rematch, if for no other reason than Linares being one of the few name fighters who’d actually take the fight,

      • Orca

        I’d be fine with a rematch because it was an entertyaining fight but I don’t feel there is any question with who was winning or that Loma is the better fighter. I’m surprised that anyone had Jorge up by couple of points like I’ve seen.

  • Jack Rabbit

    Loma is great but damn the nut hugging is off the charts! Smh! People act like he just walked thru Linares?

  • Left Hook2

    152 lbs vs 138…what else do you need to know about Loma??

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Sort of. The height and reach/gait was much more a factor than weight. Both guys fight a clean punching outside style and make little use of body mass or brute strength. Sure it put a little bit of effortless oomph behind everything Linares landed and helped in absorbing the blows (not that Linares is a model of durability though) but it’s not like Linares was going to try locking Loma’s arm and bulling him to the ropes, or try pinning him to the corner with his shoulder, or rest his forearms on the shoulders and hang his weight on him. The weight was very underutilized.

      It’s really more kudos for taking the fight seeing as Loma is clearly not a 21st century sized Lightweight.

      • Left Hook2

        I’m not a ‘weight bully’ preacher…but I think it said quite a bit that Loma, looking Tyrion Lannister, was able to impose his will on the much, much bigger Linares. It wasn’t a physical fight, like you described, but I think it definitely helped Linares absorb damage.

    • Orca

      It looked like that in the ring. Reminded me of Pac Margarito in some ways. Trouble is, I don’t feel we are going to get the best of Loma at 135. Saying all that, Linares is a really good fighter and someone else at a similar size to Jorge wouldn’t have had the success he did on Saturday night. I think Loma should give it till the end of the year to make headway with negotiations with Garcia and move back down if it aint happening.

      • Left Hook2

        Only Margo was quite a bit slower. Linares has a bit of handspeed. Without it he would have been a sitting duck. Great scrap!

        • Orca

          Definitely. Linares was far faster and had more to his game.

  • belikemike sameaslife

    he finally faced a bigger opponent, and a skilled one. for that he has my respect

  • Ceylon Shiping

    I still think rematch be more interesting