NEW YORK (AP) Vasiliy Lomachenko was on the screen and was even on the scorecards.
The tough test that Lomashzha demanded, which he said would force him to finally unleash all his abilities, had finally arrived.
Moments later, he finished it.
Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round of his lightweight championship fight Saturday night and won a title in his third weight class in just his 12th (19659002) LOMATENKO landed a hard link on the body during a multitude of precise strokes that sent Linares to one knee. Linares finally stood up when the count reached 1
"I was preparing for the final laps, and my father told me," You need to get into the body, "said Lomaschenko, whose father, Anatoly Lomachenko, is his coach.
Linares beat Lomachenko in the sixth and the fight was all even after nine rounds, before Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) put an end to his first fight at 135 pounds (19659002) Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) had not lost since 2012 and took advantage its economies of scale to do some damage, but in the end Lomachenko did more exciting match Madison Square Garden.
Each fighter was 86-84 ahead on a judge's card, while Julie Lederman had it 85 – all after nine rounds.
The fight became interesting, "said Linares." It was very close, but he surprised me with this body shot. I wanted to continue. I wanted to keep working but the referee stopped the fight. "
The fighter, widely known as Vasyl, said this week that he prefers Vasiliy, his legal name, and now he can be called a lightweight champion after seeing the WBA version of the belt in front of a crowd of 10,429 who said "Loma! Loma! "When he made his ring walk – the first time he made a change because he was the challenger – and wielded blue and gold flags for most of the night.
It was Lomatschenko's eighth victory from a standstill, but this was it much harder than in a recent section of clinics where his last four bouts ended when the corners of his opponent did not allow them to be punished by the Ukrainians.
Larshenko had joked that he was called "no mas Chenko" for his habit the opponents will give up, but Linares got him to earn that victory.
The Venezuelan was in a 13-man winning streak and gave the two-time Olympic champion the test he wanted, one he said he would Getting the Most Out (19659002) "Thanks to Jorge Linares for giving me another lesson in this interesting sport," said Lomachenko. [LomenkosaidonThursdaydangerofbeingcfinallyTheyhadtobeseeninthe10throundwithaseriesofshotsthatLinarescouldnotdefendespeciallythelefttohismiddlesectionwhichclaimedthebiggesttribute
Linares landed the first notable strikes of the fight early The second round, but Lomachenko began to be elected later in the round, and Linares face showed some frustration at the end of the third, as Lomatschenko landing fast combinations and dancing out of the way, as Linares fired.
Lomachenko ended the fifth with another whirl and his manager, Egis Klimas, stood smiling in the corner and nodded, knowing he had someone special.
But the smile stopped in the sixth, as Linares Lomochenko with a straight right hand to his knees forced the last minute of the round. Lomatschenko stood up slightly and did not appear to be injured, but Linares took the confidence in winning a strong seventh round.
"That right hand, it was a big blow." It happens, "said Lomachenko.
Lomashenko grouped for eighth, but Linares responded with a strong ninth and landed a solid combination that currently seemed to hurt Lomachenko. But that was his last highlight.
Lomatschenko arrived in the arena and found a personalized Knicks jersey in his locker, and the crowd brought by new Knicks coach David Fizdale roared as clip clips appeared on the Arena's video screens.
But unlike when he fought in December in his last fight at the smaller theater in MSG, a sixth round stoppage of the smaller Guillermo Rigondeaux, this time Lomaschenko faced a bigger man and a much bigger test.
"Linares is a great champion," he said, "and the fight was good for the fans and everyone else."
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