Olympic Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko Faces Jorge Linares Tonight On ESPN

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Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko became the world champion in the third division (first and second Featherweight, lightweight), knocking in NY and Jorge Linares. And now history is his once again. Linares continued to try and make himself busy in round three, while Lomachenko worked the body. The Ukrainian won his first professional world title after just three fights and has now become a three-weight world champion after just 12.

But Lomachenko received a rare boxing lesson Saturday when he hit the canvas for the first time in his career against Jorge Linares.

But he recovered to secure a tenth round knockout of Jorge Linares to capture the World Boxing Association lightweight title, the boxing news outlet BoxingScene.com wrote.

In the end, though, the hand and foot speed of Lomachenko - who was competing at lightweight for the first time in his career - proved to be decisive against the bigger man in Linares.

By round eight the physical damage on Linare' face had erupted as a cut over the left eye that became Lomachenko's target.

Linares: 44-3 with 27 knockouts.

What won Lomachenko (11-1, 9 knockouts) the WBA lightweight title was a ideal left body shot that sent Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) to the mat. "That's why I came to this weight class, [to fight Garcia] and that's [the fight] I will be looking forward to".

Linares did manage to land a counter right hand that landed square on the nose late in the sixth round.

The power-punching Lomachenko (10 1, 8 KOs) wowed everybody in his final struggle by making his competitor quit there at the ring.

It was a left hook to the ribs that crumpled Linares at 2:08 of the 10th round.

The Ukranian stopped Linares with a brutal left hook to the liver in what was a classic contest. Lomachenko took it well and fired punches back at Linares. Lomachenko landed numerous quick combinations and uppercut that split Linares' defense. As if to exact revenge, Lomachenko ended the fifth round with a brilliant combination of five or six head shots and returned to his corner talking back over his shoulder to Linares.

As a fighter with such an outstanding amateur record and pedigree, Lomachenko wins this one! During the press conference of Survival Instinct: Matira Matibay that will be held Sunday afternoon at the SM Skydome in Quezon City, ESPN5.com talked to IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, 2012 London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga, and former world title challengers AJ Banal and Genesis Servania to get their take on this intriguing match-up.

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