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Vasyl Lomachenko's brilliant liver punch that stopped Jorge Linares

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Cassandra Gardner | 13 May, 2018, 14:41

It will probably be Adames' decision, though Barrera was busier.

Adames is a high ceiling prospect for Top Rank and he made it known why early on. It's almost impossible to argue against Lomachenko as the best fighter in the game right now. If Barrera had some more gas in the tank, he probably could have hurt Adames.

In the sixth round he switched to a southpaw stance and was still able to land shots at will. Barrera is busier, but Adames is landing the cleaner shots. Each fighter had his moments in those competitive three minutes. The scores were 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94.

Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Saturday, May 12, 2018, in NY.

It wasn't exactly a stereotypical action-packed Fight of the Year, yet Lomachenko vs Linares was well-fought, dramatic and had a big finish. Whilst, Lomachenko has broken more heart than he's had to show so far, however, he did fight to the end against Orlando Salido in only his 2nd Pro contest.

"I relaxed a little bit", the two-time Olympic champion Lomachenko said after suffering the first knockdown of his professional career.

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Whether or not Lomachenko ever decides to move up again is questionable.

Top Rank and BoxNation are collaborating to air Lomachenko vs. Linares live in the United Kingdom and online through the live streaming service watch.boxnation.com, the event will start at midnight on May 13. Linares was warned for a low blow in the fifth and sixth rounds and appeared to be fading fast.

What won Lomachenko (11-1, 9 knockouts) the WBA lightweight title was a flawless left body shot that sent Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) to the mat. After being floored by eating a straight right to the nose, he managed to open up a cut over Linares' left eye two rounds later and instantly had the bullseye to target, which he did mercilessly. He wants to capture more titles - but it's not clear if he will go for more belts at 135 or return to 130. Lomachenko connected with a quick combination to Linares' head about 10 seconds before the second round ended.

Everyone got a wakeup call in the 6th, when Linares scored a counter right-hand knockdown.

All change in round six from the tempo of Lomachnko working the angle of head and body of Linares, walked into a short right hand from the champion sending Lomachenko to the canvas for the first time as a professional and for the first time since the 2007 world amateur championships.

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