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Image result for lomachenko vs linaresLast night on ESPN Boxing we had a real treat, as Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s) via 10th round TKO to become the WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight Champion.  Lomachenko made history last night, becoming the fastest fighter ever to win a title in a third weight division.  It took Oscar De La Hoya 22 fights to do so, Mayweather did it in his 35th fight, and Manny Pacquiao in his 41st.  Lomachenko has set a new record that I seriously doubt will ever be broken.  With last nights victory, Loma might have just cemented himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, as he defeated his biggest test to date.  Although I believe that Terence Crawford is the actual #1, Loma has definitely moved past him on at least some pound for pound lists.

The first round was a feeler just as expected, as both men seemed to really respect each others ring skills.  Linares had a great second round, as perhaps with the move up in weight, Lomachenko was being a bit more cautious.  Rounds 3 and 4 were also pretty close, but Lomachenko got more comfortable and started opening up bit.  Even though the hand speed of both fighters was very close, Loma’s reflexes defensively were a lot quicker then those of Linares.  Realizing this, Lomachenko got a bit careless, and then something happened that we were all shocked to see.  The overly confident Lomachenko walked right in to a perfectly timed straight right hand from Linares, and was dropped on his back side in the fifth round.  A stunning turn of events, as the arguable #1 fighter in the world was dropped for the first time in his career.  The knockdown did come close to the end of the round though.  Loma looked slightly jelly-legged when he got up, but recovered quickly and the fight moved on.

Linares, gaining confidence, looked great in the next 2 rounds, and he edged both out on my scorecard.  At that point, in the 8th, Lomachenko perhaps feeling a slight sense of urgency, turned on the jets, and went to that level of skilled boxing that only he can go to.  In the 9th round, it was more of the same, a pretty close round, but Loma started peppering Linares with little combinations as he often does.

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At the beginning of the 10th round, Linares was looking good, as he was still flashing great hand speed late in the fight, and actually connected on a few shots in the beginning of the round.  Towards the middle of the round, Loma would once again step in to that gear that only he can, and started knocking Linares’ head around with great combinations.  Linares put his hands high in a peek-a-boo guard, and thats when the damage really happened.  Linares, with his hands high, totally exposed his rib cage, and Lomachenko landed a devastating sweeping left right to the liver, which sent Linares down to the canvas writhing in pain.  Linares would get up at the count of 9, but the grimace on his face from the body shot told the referee that he was in too much pain from the punch, and the fight was stopped right there.  Lomachenko is now a 3 division world champion, and continues to be on top of the boxing world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, May 12th 2018, Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight titles against Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Graden in New York City NY, and will be live on ESPN at 8pm ET.  Lomachenko moves up in weight yet again to take on his toughest opponent to date in Linares.  Here is the breakdown & prediction:

JORGE LINARES

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Javier Prieto  —  Win, KO 4th round (12), 12/30/14.  (Won vacant WBC Lightweight title)
  • Anthony Crolla  —  Win, UD (12), 9/24/16.  (Won WBA & vacant TheRing Lightweight titles)
  • Luke Campbell  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 9/23/17.

 

VASYL LOMACHENKO

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight/Junior Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  65″

-Notable Fights

  • Gary Russel Jr  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 6/21/14.  (Won vacant WBO Featherweight title)
  • Rocky Martinez  —  Win, KO 5th round (12), 6/11/16.  (Won WBO Junior Lightweight title)
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 12/9/17.

 

PREDICTION:

Vasyl Lomachenko  —  def  —  Jorge Linares  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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It looks like Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) is heading for yet another weight class.  Lomachenko will move up to Lightweight (135 lbs) to challenge Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) for the WBA & TheRing World Lightweight titles.  The fight was made official today and will take place at Madison Square Garden On May 12th 2018.  Lomachenko only fights top teir opponents, and this will stay true in this fight, and might be his toughest opponent yet.  That was also said about his last two opponents, and Lomachenko made them both quit in the corner.

Lomachenko is coming off a 6th round TKO victory over fellow pound for pound fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux.  We thought Lomachenko would finally be tested, but Rigondeaux was actually tailor made for him, given the fact that he just doesn’t throw a lot of punches.  Liners does however, and is also a very slick boxer.  It will be even more of a test for Loma, because he’s moving up in weight for this fights.  Linares looked phenomenal in his last fight against Mercito Gesta, but Gesta was a bit overmatched.  It will be very interesting to see how their styles clash, and it will be a heck of a fight at MSG come May 12th.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of acton.  Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Jonny Tapia (8-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round shutout unanimous decision victory.  All the judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Stevenson.  Tapia had no answer for Stevenson’s superior speed and his reach advantage, and just could not get any offense going.  Stevenson stays undefeated and continues to make a name for himself as one of boxings top young prospects.

The co-feature of the evening was not as exciting as everyone thought it would be, until of course it was.  Egidijus Kavaliauskus (19-0, 16 KO’s) defeated David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) by TKO in the 6th round.  Rounds 1 through 3 were very uneventful in this fight, as both fighters were shy to pull the trigger.  In round 4, Kavaliauskus staggered Avanesyan with a big right hand, but was unable to capitalize on it.  In the 6th however, Kavaliauskus landed another huge right hand through the guard, and Avanesyan was badly hurt.  With no legs under him, and taking a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight in the 6th, as Avanesyan was clearly done.

The main event was an exciting back and forth rumble, as Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) defeated Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KO’s) to finally capture his first world title in boxing.  With the title also comes a green card, which Beltran has been fighting for, so that he could stay with his family in the United States.  The WBO title should all but ensure that for the 36 year old Beltran.  Beltran came out of the gate swinging, and dominated the first round.  The 39 year old  Moses however, found a home for the right hand in the second round, and would continue to land it throughout the middle rounds.  Beltran seemed to take some of the middle rounds off, perhaps saving his energy for later, but came alive with a vengeance in the late stages of the fight.  Beltran dominated the 10th and 11th rounds and he went down to both sides of Moses body, which opened up the head for his devastating left hook.  The final round was a close one, but not enough for Moses to pull out a viceroy.  The final scores were 117-111/117-111/116-112, all in favor for the new WBO Lightweight champion Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

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For some strange reason, Adrien Broner (30-3, 24 KO’s) just doesn’t let his hands go against top fighters.  It was no different this past saturday night, as Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s) was victorious in his first try at 140 pounds.  Broner won the first round, and then wouldn’t win one for a while after that.  Mikey Garcia started finding his range in the second, and once he found it, he had Broner on the ropes.

That would be the story for most of the fight, as Garcia would land with both hands and daze Broner a few times.  In the 8th round, Broner would finally wake up and start throwing punches.  He nailed Garcia with a blistering combination with the left hook stunning Garcia for a few moments.  The 9th was more of the same, as Garcia wasn’t looking so good.  At this point though, Broner’s only chance to win was by KO, and Mikey Garcia wasn’t having it.  Garcia finished off the last two rounds pretty strong, and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.  Is Broner’s career now in trouble?  I think so!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Their first fight was amazing, in fact it was even on the score cards through the first six rounds.  The rematch told a different story.  On Saturday night March 25th, Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KO’s) proved that he indeed was the superior fighter, when he defeated Anthony Crolla (31-6, 13 KO’s) again in their rematch.  Corolla looked great in the first round, and looked like he would make this another close fight.  Unfortunately, that was the only round he looked great in.

Linares completely took over the fight from the second round on, by controlling the distance and range with his jab, and landing vicious left hooks to the body that slowed Crolla down.  In the 5th round, Linares found the right uppercut, and landed it repeatedly throughout the rest of the fight.  The left uppercut would come as well, as Linares dropped Crolla with it in the 7th round.  Crolla actually came out strong in the 8th, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, and did box a bit better in the later rounds.  On my card, Crolla won the 8th, but it would be the only other round besides the first that he would win.  All judges were in agreement at the end of 12 rounds, with a final score of 118-109 in favor of Jorge Linares.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday March 25th 2017, Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KO’s) will defend the WBA and TheRing Lightweight titles in a rematch with Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester England, and will air on Sky Sports and ShowTime International at 6pm ET.  In the co-feature, Martin Joseph Ward (16-0-2, 8 KO’s) will take on Maxi Hughes (16-2-2, 2 KO’s) for the British Super Featherweight title in a 12 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Brian Rose (29-4-1, 8 KO’s) and Jack Arnfield (23-2, 6 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Jorge Linares Tale of The Tape Anthony Crolla
41 Wins 31
3 Lost 5
27 KOs 13
0 Draws 3
44 Total Fights 39
61% KO% 33%
5’8″ Height 5’8″
69″ Reach 67″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Barinas, Venezuela Nationality Manchester, Lancashire, UK
Born August 22nd, 1985 Date of Birth November 16th, 1986

 

Predictions:

Brian Rose  —  def  —  Jack Arnfield  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Martin Ward  —  def  —  Maxi Hughes  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Jorge Linares  —  def  —  Anthony Crolla  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE