Saturday, May 12th 2018

Lomachenko Drops Linares in the 10th

NEW YORK CITY – It wasn’t easy, but Vasiliy Lomachenko dug deep and overcame a sixth-round knockdown to stop Jorge Linares in the 10th round to win the WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight titles in front of 10,429 fans at Madison Square Garden. A left hand to the body put Linares down for the 10-count. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is a now a three-weight world champion.

Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames went the 10-round distance in the co-feature, overcoming a stiff challenge from Mexican veteran Alejandro Barrera en route to the unanimous decision win. Scored were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 in favor of Adames (14-0, 11 KOs).

Michael Conlan made his debut in the big room at Madison Square Garden against Ibon Larrinaga, who was content to back up for much of the eight-round featherweight bout. Conlan (7-0, 5 KOs) put the pressure on, and while he couldn’t score the knockout, he cruised to a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the bout 80-72. Conlan is scheduled to fight again in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 30.

Brooklyn native Teofimo Lopez put on a show for the hometown fans, knocking out Vitor Freitas with a right hand in the opening round. Lopez improved to 9-0 with seven knockouts.

Mikaela Mayer went six rounds for the first time in her pro career, dominating the game Baby Nansen of Auckland, New Zealand, en route to a unanimous decision points win. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs), a Los Angeles native who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics.

In his debut under the Top Rank banner, Jamel Herring knocked out the normally durable Juan Pablo Sanchez at 1:28 of the fifth round. Herring (17-2, 10 KOs) was cut over his right eye but finished with a barrage to stop Sanchez, who hadn’t been knocked out since 2012.

Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan, knocked out Jesus Silveyra at 2:05 of fourth round to improve to 4-0 . Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, el medallista de oro olímpico de Uzbekistán, fulminó a Jesús Silveyra a los 2:05 del cuarto asalto para mejorar su record a 4-0 .