Opinion | May 10 2018

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares – Five key questions

Jack Figg considers the five key questions around Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares
Vasyl Lomachenko
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As well as “High-Tech,” Vasyl Lomachenko has also earned the nickname ‘No Mas-Chenko’ as the Ukrainian has seen his last four opponents quit on their stool refusing to participate for the remainder of the fight. Jamaican Nicholas Walters started off the trend in November 2016 and since then Miguel Marriaga, Jason Sosa and most recently Guillermo Rigondeaux have all failed to hear the final bell on their own accord after experiencing the brilliance of Lomachenko. Linares however is tough. The Venezuelan was trailing to Brit Kevin Mitchell after ten rounds in 2015 but the ever resilient Linares kept on coming and forced a stoppage with two rounds to go. His only losses have come by way of knockout and he has never given in.

Linares has never been in with someone like Lomachenko before, but could he be the first boxer in four contests to last the full 12 rounds with the Ukrainian?

  1. Will Lomachenko adapt to the weight?

The fight is taking place at lightweight for Linares’ WBA world title, a weight Lomachenko is yet to compete at as a professional. Debuting at featherweight in 2013, the Ukrainian would go on to win the WBO version of the world title at 126lbs, later moving up to junior-lightweight where he defeated Román Martínez in 2016 to become a two-weight world champion. Lomachenko is moving up in weight for the third time in five years, whereas Linares has spent the last eight years competing at 135lbs. Linares has flirted at the possibility of testing himself at super-lightweight before while Lomachenko seemingly looks to fight at weights which he is naturally smaller but relies on boxing skill rather than size.