Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Weighing in NY: Lomachenko and Linares of the same weight

Michael Conlan GETTYMichael Conlan will fight on Vasyl Lomachenko's undercard at Madison Square Garden
Cary Erickson | 13 May, 2018, 05:11

Not when he possesses an arsenal of skills that may be unparalleled in the sport that he wants to demonstrate.

Linares thinks things are about to get risky.

The sporting world will come to a standstill in the early hours of Sunday morning this weekend as Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares face off in the Big Apple for one of the most exciting fights in recent memory.

LINARES. Attempting the impossible will be Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), a tough, no-nonsense banger who likes to stand in front of opponents and trade.

"Yes, absolutely I believe it". "But I don't think anybody's pushed me to bring out that monkey on my back that's right there and to show the world what I can do, too". I wanna see what the opportunities are to fight in this weight class, what the opportunities are to go back in the [130-pound] weight class.

The two fighters have taken over NY this week and it is easy to understand why.

Kolkata Knight Riders bat their way to victory against Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI physio had to attend to the Afghanistan cricketer on the field but then made a decision to take off the Afghan cricketer. With Lynn and Uthappa contributing 51 off 34 between them, KKR moved to 123 for 1 by the end of the 11th over.

Lomachenko dismissed the prospect of any problems in a higher weight class. After overwhelming Guillermo Rigondeaux for six rounds, Rigondeaux called it quits on his stool before the seventh began.

Now it's Lomachenko who will be the smaller man. Promoter Bob Arum has already suggested that Lomachenko could be the best fighter since Muhammad Ali and even if that is hyperbole in the extreme, it is a measure of how highly regarded he is to even be mentioned in the same breath as the greatest. He devastated everybody at 130. "We have to put on a great performance for the fans". But that's what boxing is all about. I know his style because I've watched him.

The sides pushed aside obstacles just to make the fight. Linares vs. Lomachenko will be televised live and exclusively at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App at 6:30 p.m. ET. I was asked if I wanted to fight Linares.

A victory would be the biggest yet for Linares in a career turnaround, rising from consecutive stoppage losses in 2011-12 to 13 straight wins. Before the fight, all boxers talk trash, but after the fight, nobody comes to the press conference.

"Every fighter fights in the ring the way his opponent lets him fight", Lomachenko said.