Vasyl Lomachenko jumps yet another weight class in a gold mining dispute to tackle the most accomplished lightweight currently standing, Jorge Linares @Madison Square Garden, New York, New York this Saturday, May 12th. The double Olympic Gold Medalist Lomachenko last fought in the most accomplished fight by amateur credentials in the history of boxing when bout against another double Olympic Gold Medalist that turned into an humiliating rout against the now badly humiliated Guillermo Rigondeaux.
As the 30 year old Lomachenko, 10-1, 8 KO moves up through the divisions, it is inevitable that bigger, stronger, highly skilled fighters will be harder to topple. I expect this fight to be as Lomachenko’s most difficult fight yet next to his ill fated dirty title debut to the crooked underbelly of boxing’s well known dirty dealings against Orlando Salido. The 32 year old El Nino de Oro Linares, 44-3, 27 KO is no where near as dirty a fighter as Salido, but when punches start flying as Lomachenko establishes his dominance, sometimes a well timed wayward low blow has been known to reset the momentum.
Yeah, true enough on paper the Linares professional career record dwarfs Lomachenko in what would normally be a mismatch, more than 4x the victories, but you can toss away the record book with Lomachenko. He breaks all the known limits of the boxing universe to reset time and space in the most incredibly dominant performances anyone has ever seen from an 11 fight pro against some of the top fighters of his generation. Linares’ combination of size and speed and movement will perhaps puzzle him the first few rounds, but from then on I expect the fight to be all Lomachenko’s way whether be uninamimous decision or retirement by Linares.
Linares best bet is the curse of the “Ring Expert” pics of 19-1 for Lomachenko…yeah right! Boxing experts: Can’t live with ’em and could do very well without them mucking up the already fetid waters. The fighter who executes his style the best wins in the perfect world that Lomachenko inhabits, but if Linares watched the Salido fight empowered with the dirty ref, well, nobody does ugly better than boxing, so let’s find out when these furious fists of gold start flying with bad intentions.