VIDEO: When Jorge Linares Viciously Knocked Down Vasyl Lomachenko for the First Time Ever

Published 05/29/2021, 7:38 AM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Jorge Linares of Venezuela celebrates his victory over Mercito Gesta at The Forum on January 27, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


Former world champion Jorge Linares will return to the ring later tonight after more than a year out of the sport. ‘El Nino De Oro’ will face lightweight champion, Devin Haney, in an exciting contest. However, some will argue that this fight is not his hardest bout.

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The Venezuelan has previously fought P4P superstar Vasyl Lomachenko. And although he lost his lightweight titles to the Ukrainian, Linares created history by being the first and only boxer to knock down ‘Hi-Tech.’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Jorge Linares poses as he attends the Weigh-In ahead of their Lightweight World title fight against Anthony Crolla at Radisson Edwardian Hotel on September 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The 47-5 boxer took on Lomachenko in a blockbuster event back in 2018. With the WBA world title on the line, both fighters engaged in an exciting contest. Lomachenko came out as the aggressor and took the fight to the Venezuelan.

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However, Linares used his experience and showed his fantastic chin. He took damage and returned it with counters of his own. This made for a scintillating clash. And the first big moment surprisingly came to Linares. In the fifth round, The Venezuelan countered Lomachenko’s attack with a powerful straight right. The punch landed flush on ‘Loma’, sending the Ukrainian crashing to the canvas.

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Jorge Linares still came up short

Up to the point of the knockdown, both fighters were even. However, the lockdown allowed Linares to push on and get a grip on the bout. The Venezuelan even did so. However, he was facing one of the best boxers in Lomachenko, who did not let the knockdown affect him.

He got back up and continued with the same approach. Though Linares found it difficult to step on the gas, he stuck to the game plan. Therefore, it was still a very close contest.

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 9: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Vasyl Lomachenko ( aqua blue and yellow trunks ) defeats Guillermo Rigondeaux ( purple and gold trunks ) by RTD in the 6th round. Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Lomachenko in victory. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

However, in the tenth round, ‘Hi-Tech’ landed a fast combination which resulted in a powerful body shot to the liver. As a result, Linares went down and could not get back up before the count. Thus, ‘Loma’ won with a TKO. However, the scorecards at the stoppage read 85-85, 84-86, 86-84. Therefore, it was a very close fight.

Do you think this fight against Lomachenko proved Jorge Linares has what it takes to beat Devin Haney?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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