Boxer Vasyl Lomachenko has said that he now expects it to be easier to get opponents after he secured a victory over Jorge Linares by a tenth round knock-out at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In the process, Lomachenko also claimed the WBA World lightweight title. However, it was not an easy fight for Lomachenko, as have been the majority of his fights during his career so far. For only the second time in his career, he actually looked threatened and was hit often during the early rounds of the bout and was even knocked down during the 6th round.
Following the result, Mikey Garcia has already said that he would like to fight Lomachenko.
A fight against Garcia really is the only one that is worth taking from Lomachenko’s point of view. If he takes on another lightweight, it will not generate much publicity and will be unlikely to be much of a contest anyway.
“After the fight, I told [Top Rank vice president of boxing operations] Carl Moretti in the ring, ‘It’s going to be much easier for you to get opponents for me because they all see I’m also a human being,’” – Lomachenko said. “What I did was make my promoter’s job easier.”