Lomachenko secures fight with Linares, moves up in weight

According to reports, Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum have finalized a bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares for May 12.

Arum’s Top Rank Inc and De La Hoya’s Golden Boy promotions are said to have come to an agreement for the fight which will see Lomachenko challenging Linares for the Venezuelan’s WBA lightweight title on May 12 at Maddison Square Garden in New York City.

Lomachenko (10-1,8 KO’s) will move up to 135 pounds to challenge Linares (44-3,27 KO’s). The match puts two of boxing’s top talents against each other. Linares has scored impressive victories against the likes of Kevin Mitchell, Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell.

Lomachenko is a two-weight Olympic gold medallist and has also already a two weight world champion from just 11 fights.

After winning the WBO featherweight title in only his third fight, Lomachenko has risen from one of the greatest unpaid fighters to a pound for pound star and future boxing legend.

Though he suffered a loss against Orlando Salido early on during his career, this was all but forgotten after he secured a second-weight world title against Roman Martinez in 2016.

South American Linares will be the biggest opponent that Lomachenko has yet faced and brings in an incredible amount of speed and craft (along with reach). The 32-year- old is currently on a 13-fight winning streak with his last loss coming in 2012.

The fight will be broadcast at 8PM E.T on ESPN after the broadcaster agreed to move a previously scheduled softball game.

This bout comes one week after two highly-anticipated events in the world of boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez 2, and Tony Bellew vs. David Haye 2, both set for 5 May, 2018.

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