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Twitter's in Awe of Lomachenko's TKO to Win Lightweight Title

Twitter's in Awe of Lomachenko's TKO to Win Lightweight Title

Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round on Saturday to win the WBA "Super" world lightweight title at Madison Square Garden. Even with the odds are against him for the first time in his career, Linares is putting on a confident front when he says "When I win this fight, everything in my life, everything in my career, is different".

There is little he can't do in the ring, as Linares said in tribute following the bout.

But then in the sixth, Lomachenko walked right into a right hand from Linares and met the canvas. The Ukrainian wizard was in uncharted territory.

The 30-year-old Lomachenko had won his previous four fights by technical knockout because either his opponents didn't want to come out of their corners or their trainers wouldn't allow it at various points in those fights.

Linares (44-4) rose to his feet but was clearly in a lot of pain and the referee, Ricky Gonzalez, waved the fight off. De La Hoya, Linares' promoter, might have had flashbacks sitting ringside at Madison Square Garden in NY. Lomachenko hit the deck for the first time in his professional boxing career and immediately bounced up to regain composure, seconds before the round came to and end. Judges had it 86-84 Lomachenko, 86-84 Linares and 85-85, the same as Yahoo Sports.

Ukraine's Lomachenko survived a 6th-round knockdown to set a record in claiming a world title in a 3rd weight division in just his 12th professional fight.

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"I thought the fight showed Linares is a helluva fighter, and Loma just stayed in there and knocked him out with a body shot", Arum said. The right hand is working and landing regularly, and it could be an early night for Barrera if he doesn't defend against it.

The power-punching Lomachenko (10 1, 8 KOs) wowed everybody in his final struggle by making his competitor quit there at the ring. Adames had some good work in the fight but got sloppier as the rounds wore on.

"If he wanted revenge - of course, without question, I'll give you a rematch". But I think Lomachenko will get the decision. He fought at mid-distance where he was comfortable and was landing fast shots that swelled Linares' left eye almost closed by the middle of the fight.

Promoter Bob Arum said of Lomachenko: 'He was so much quicker [than Linares], but the guy clearly outsized him.

Lomachenko moved up to 135 pounds to challenge Linares because he couldn't secure title unification fights at 130 pounds.