Vasyl Lomachenko beats Jorge Linares in New York

Last Updated May 13 2018, 06:50Boxing
The moment of victory for Lomachenko in New York
The moment of victory for Lomachenko in New York

Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko won his third title in as many weight classes after stopping Jorge Linares in the 10th round in New York.

Lomachenko had the upper hand at Madison Square Garden until he was on the opposite end of a right-hand from the Venezuelan in the sixth.

But the 11-1 man, known as Hi-Tech, pulled himself from the canvas and, four rounds later, dispatched a perfect liver shot to draw the bout to a close.

In doing so, the 30-year-old twice Olympic champion became the fastest fighter ever to win titles in three different weight classes, adding the WBA Lightweight strap to his collection.

The bout was relatively tight until the decisive blow was landed - with both fighters ahead 86-84 on one judge's scorecard, while the other had it at 85-85.

The loss was the first for Linares, 32, since March 2012 when he went down to Mexican Sergio Thompson.

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