The great ones always seek out the most hard challenges, and Lomachenko said he would like to unify.
Vasyl Lomachenko will take on WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares at the famous Madison Square Garden in NY, undefeated Irish prospect Michael Conlan will also be part of the BoxNation live stream broadcast on May 12.
Ukrainian became the world champion in a third weight class (previously, he was a world champion in the first and second Featherweight).
He earned his first million-dollar purse against Nicholas Walters in late 2016 and has raked in nothing less in his three fights since, putting his estimated net worth at around $5.5m, according to TSM Sports. Linares was cut in the fifth and Lomachenko ended the round with a significant flurry of punches, and it seemed the defending champions' reach and size advantages meant nothing. Judge Julie Lederman had scored the fight an 85-85 draw while Robin Taylor had Linares ahead on his scorecard 86-84 and Steve Weisfeld has Lomachenko up 86-84 on his scorecard. It's not even clear if he'll remain at 135 pounds for his next fight.
"He didn't surprise me as I thought he was going to surprise me", Linares said. "I've been busy and active so I feel like I'm very risky right now". I wanted to continue. Basil for the first time in his professional career was knocked down.
Vasyl Lomachenko is already many people's idea of the best fighter on the planet and a victory on Saturday night will only further cement his place at the top of the sport. But the champion came back in the ninth round, where he was outboxing Lomachenko in key spots.
There is little he can't do in the ring, as Linares said in tribute following the bout.
Linares, a southpaw, thought the fight was stopped prematurely, but still credited Lomachenko for getting the win.
In the sixth round, the Venezuelan went straight right.
Lomachenko's left hand finished the fight in round ten.
"It's a challenge but that's what makes a fighter one of the all-time greats: challenges", promoter Bob Arum said. Each fighter had his moments in those competitive three minutes. Linares was doing very good work and boxing well as the round played out. But I think Lomachenko will get the decision.
Gonzalez warned Linares for a debatable low blow about 40 seconds into the sixth round. A victory over Vasyl Lomachenko would do just do that.
Linares had momentum after that, and was throwing tons of punches.
By then, Linares' nose was bleeding. Lomachenko came back with a left to Linares' body soon thereafter.
The third saw Linares score with his telling right hooks which has been the main part of his arsenal throughout his career. Lomachenko took it well and fired punches back at Linares.
Lomachenko's speed and accuracy were the deciding factor in the early going. Lomachenko opened up with a big combination that was followed with a solid uppercut.
Whether or not Lomachenko ever decides to move up again is questionable.
Lomachenko wins by body shot knockout at 2:08 of the tenth round.
Taking place at the iconic Madison Square Garden in NY, 32-year-old Linares will be putting his WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight world titles on the line when he faces the superstar Ukrainian, live and exclusive on BoxNation. The 32-year-old has put together 13 wins in a-row since last tasting defeat and in particular during that time, he has, made a name for himself in the UK.