Vasyl Lomachenko stops Jorge Linares as Ukrainian makes history in NY

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Linares did catch Loma with a sweet left uppercut with a minute remaining, but the two-time Olympian again made him pay with a stinging combo to the body.

Referee Ricky Gonzalez waved the fight off as Lomachenko leapt to the ropes and saluted the wild NY crowd.

WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares bristles at the notion that he will be the next fighter to quit against pound-for-pound ace Vasyl Lomachenko when they meet tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Linares defends his WBA lightweight title against Lomachenko in the early hours on Sunday (UK time). It's almost impossible to argue against Lomachenko as the best fighter in the game right now. Linares last lost a fight six years ago and enters his bout vs. Lomachenko on a 13-fight winning streak.

Lomachenko improved to 11-1 with his eighth straight win by stoppage. It will go the distance because Linares isn't your typical boxer. The Post had Lomachenko leading 87-83 after nine rounds.

Everyone got a wakeup call in the 6th, when Linares scored a counter right-hand knockdown. One judge gave preference to Ukrainian, 86:84, the second with the same score, the Venezuelan, the third decided the fight a draw 85:85. "It was very close, but he did surprise me with that body shot".

"The motivation of fighting the best gets me up in the morning, not only Lomachenko, but that is really motivating me because I'm fighting the best pound-for-pounder in boxing and I want to continue fighting the best", he said. They heyday of the 80's and 90's are long gone, but the fight game keeps chugging.

On this night, he would face a game champion in Linares (44-4, 27 KO's), considered the number one lightweight in the world.

However, Linares' eyes both began to swell as the bout dragged on and by the 10th, Lomachenko was leading on the scorecards of two of the judges.

However, it was not straight forward for the Ukrainian who was knocked down in the sixth round thanks to a Linares right hand. Lomachenko stood up to him and showed deep-down guts to knock him out.

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Lomachenko landed 213 of 627 punches (34 percent) and Martirosyan and Linares connected on 207 of 739 (28 percent). Lomachenko hit the bigger man with the flawless left hook to the body.

This was despite being put down in the sixth round by his classy Venezualan opponent. Each fighter had his moments in those competitive three minutes.

"The last two opponents I faced were southpaws". That allowed Lomachenko to recover and take the round away from Linares.

Lomachenko ended the fifth with another flurry and his manager, Egis Klimas, stood in the corner smiling and nodding his head, knowing he has someone special.

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