Roach Feels Linares Will Have Trouble Against Lomachenko

Jorge Linares former trainer, Freddie Roach walked away impressed at what he saw in his victor over Mercito Gesta. But not enough to think Linares could beat Vasyl Lomachenko.

According to Boxing Scene, Roach contends that Linares may have a small chance at an upset, it comes from Lomachenko needing to move up in weight for a shot at Linares 135 pound title.

“Lomachenko is moving up in weight classes and guys are bigger and bigger punchers. He did lose once already [to Orlando Salido] and he hasn’t fought a similar style yet [to the way Linares fights]. But his opponent this time is not a pressure guy, either, and he’s a really hard guy to out-box. He’s a very clever, clever boxer.”

One factor going against Linares according to Roach, is age.

“Obviously, you’ve gotta like Lomachenko in the fight, though. He is one of the best up-and-coming guys now, and the other guy might be getting too old.”

While it may only be a 2 1/2 year age difference, Linares has had a 15 year and 47 fight career, which may play a big part in Linares’ conditioning on May 12th.


Original story: Boxing Scene

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