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Official: Linares vs. Loma, May 12th at MSG

Lomachenko vs. Linares. Who wins

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The Jorge Linares-Vasiliy Lomachenko fight is a done deal for May 12 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a source with knowledge of the contract signing told ESPN. Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) will defend his lightweight world title against pound-for-pound king and junior lightweight champion Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs), who will move up in weight seeking to win a title in his third division in the fight that Top Rank will promote as part of its deal with ESPN. Many didn’t think the fight would be made because of the bitter rivalry between Top Rank and Linares co-promoter Golden Boy Promotions. But they got it done and the contract between the promoters was signed Monday afternoon after ESPN agreed to move up the start time of the boxing event to 8 p.m. ET so as not to overlap with the Golden Boy event that will air on HBO at approximately 10 p.m. ET. The sides agreed on the money a couple of weeks ago but it was a deal-breaker for Golden Boy if the ESPN show conflicted with its HBO card.

Dan Rafael also reporting that its a done deal
Linares has a pretty big reach advantage, which will help, but I don't think he has 1-punch power, which is probably needed against the insanely elusive Loma.

Also, Linares got hit way too much against Campbell. That doesn't bode well, stepping into the ring with the current RTD king.
Linares seems pretty tough, though, so it could at the least be a very entertaining fight.

Gun-to-my-head, I think Linares' toughness & aggressive nature will be his undoing.
Late round TKO for Lomachenko.
Good fight to solidify Lomachenko as the undisputed pound for pound number one. Moving up another weight division to beat a legit world class guy in Linares. By itself a better win than anything on Crawford’s resume.
Doug Fischer's, of Ring magazine, prediction:

As good as Linares is – and the 32-year-old veteran is battle tested and immensely talented – if the Venezuelan were to beat Lomachenko it would send shockwaves through the sport. That’s how high the boxing world is on the wizardly southpaw from Ukraine.

And as much as I love Linares, I favor THE RING/BWAA’s 2017 Fighter of the Year to outpoint the globe-trotting three-division beltholder. However, I agree with you that it’s a very interesting matchup (and I think it’s safer for him than his other “Dream Fight” against Mikey Garcia). When you factor Linares’ hand speed, lateral movement and slight reach advantage with the fact that Lomachenko is coming up in weight and does not possess one-punch KO power (even at 126 pounds), it’s not hard to envision a potentially frustrating night for the pound-for-pound rated boxer. Linares is going to show Lomachenko moves and ring generalship that recent opponents – such as Rocky Martinez, Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga – simply did not possess, and he’s got the size and activity that Rigondeaux lacked.

Of course, Linares, who appears to be slowing down in recent fight, has struggled with southpaws in the past and Lomachenko is by far the most skilled and talented boxer he’s faced, so both have their work cut out for them on May 12.