Lomachenko and Linares showed the same weight

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Lomachenko is now the fastest ever to win three division world titles doing so in just 12 fights. Promoter Bob Arum has already suggested that Lomachenko could be the best fighter since Muhammad Ali and even if that is hyperbole in the extreme, it is a measure of how highly regarded he is to even be mentioned in the same breath as the greatest. So numerous best in boxing history have drug themselves up after being knocked down and gone on to win.

Yet, it wasn't until Jones fought and defeated Bernard Hopkins in his 22nd fight that the boxing world took notice. Lomachenko was outlanding and outboxing Linares in close quarters.

Linares defends his WBA lightweight title against Lomachenko in the early hours on Sunday (UK time). Steve Weisfeld had Lomachenko up 86-84; Robin Taylor favored Linares by the same score, and Julie Lederman had it even. Lomachenko was leading 87-83 on Newsday's card. "But I don't think anybody's pushed me to bring out that monkey on my back that's right there and to show the world what I can do, too". There really isn't any good reason to disregard the lower weight classes in the sport of Boxing, they present the most action, and the best bang for your buck.

Lomachenko started the fight well but Jorge Linares proved more than a game competitor. I'm the natural lightweight here - he's coming up. And now he can be called lightweight champion after picking up the WBA's version of the belt in front of a crowd of 10,429 that chanted "Loma!"

Lomachenko in a battle with Linares will be gunning for another record.

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"I'm not anxious about it", said Linares, 32. "That's why I came to this weight class".

Lomachenko's left hand finished the fight in round ten.

Wins in those kinds of fights are the ones that earn boxers lasting recognition and send them to the Hall of Fame. Lomachenko continued to stay on the attack in the fourth round.

Pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) aims to make history on Sunday morning (Manila time) when he challenges Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) for the latter's World Boxing Association lightweight belt. He said at the post-fight news conference that he injured a hand in the second, but it was hardly noticeable in his performance. Lomachenko was a bit more defensive and picking his spots. Although there's not much in it, just a bit more snap behind the shots from Linares. Lomachenko landed a right hook and then his straight left hand later in the eighth, but Linares fired back with hard shots of his own. He threw 71 punches in the seventh, 93 in the eighth and 102 in the ninth, as he attempted to capitalize on the knockdown.

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