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Lomachenko makes history, KO’s Linares in 10th round

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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.

Vasyl Lomachenko after defeating Jorge Lineras on Saturday night (Getty Images)

Vasyl Lomachenko after defeating Jorge Lineras on Saturday night (Getty Images)

“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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