By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Vasyl Lomachenko made history on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The 30-year-old, who resides in Oxnard, California, became the fastest to become champion in three separate weight classes in 12 bouts.
Lomachenko, who has won ten straight bouts, improved to 11-1 in his boxing career. He picked up his ninth knockout, as he defeated Jorge Linares in the 10th-round to win the World Boxing Association Super World Lightweight Championship.
“Linares is a great champion,” Lomachenko said, “and the fight was good for the fans and everybody. It was a great fight.”
This was Lomachenko’s first knockout in a fight since he defeated Roman Martinez in June 2016 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. His previous four bouts were refereed technical decisions.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, he is the seventh fighter to win world championships in three different weight classes. Lomachenko has won championships at 126-pounds (featherweight), 130-pounds (junior lightweight), and 135 (lightweight).
“Going into this fight, we knew Loma was a huge talent,” said Lomachenko’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank. “After this fight, we know now that he’s a fighter.”
Linares fell to 44-4 in his boxing career. All four of his losses have come via knockout.
The loss snapped the 32-year-old’s 13-fight win streak. Prior to Saturday night’s loss, Linares, who now resides in Tokyo, Japan, had not lost since losing to Sergio Thompson on March 31st, 2012 in Cancún, México.
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