Linares Wants Rematch with Lomachenko
Jorge Linares pushed Vasyl Lomachenko to his limits two weeks ago in their heavily-anticipated WBA Lightweight Title fight at Madison Square Garden. And while Linares gave Lomachenko his first professional knockdown, the Ukranian fighter knocked him down in the 10th before the referee stopped the fight and awarded the win and title to Lomachenko.
As reported by Boxing Scene, some critics feel that Linares quit after getting knocked down. But Linares said the referee called the bout, despite Linares’ wishes to continue.
Linares added that he would love to fight Lomachenko once again. And that prospect could turn into a reality. Lomachenko, arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, announced he would remain at the 135-pound weight class — vacating the WBO Junior Lightweight Title in the process.
“I got up to continue working and doing my best because there were two rounds left, but unfortunately the referee… he stopped the fight, but I would like [Lomachenko] to give me a rematch at some point,” Linares told ESPN Deportes.
The truth is that I did well. I did not get the victory, but I came away happy. I got up, that was the important thing, and I never quit. I am still a warrior, giving the best of myself and there is still a lot to prove. Jorge Linares will be around for a while.
Original Story: Boxing Scene