Two world titles at two different weights have already arrived and a win against Linares on Saturday night would see Lomachenko become a three-weight world champion in just his 12th pro bout. Wow.
"My experience is going to help me in this fight, and the preparation I've had for this fight is going to help me tremendously", Linares said. That experience should make Linares mentally stronger than Lomachenko's last four foes. He's going to have to pull out his old bag of tricks to slip and slide, and duck and spin out of the way of punches.
"I don't think about stopping Linares and forcing him to quit".
"All this talk that I want to fight him but my promoter doesn't want to allow me, that's a fighter hiding", Golden Boy's Robert Diaz said. I do everything to win the fight and it doesn't bother me how I win as long as I do win.
He has always been a smooth, slick fighter, but he took it upon himself to fight a more exciting style to please the fans.
"Everything went smoothly", Jorge Linares said. "He's got lovely defensive skills". Here's how to make sure you don't miss out on the action.
"It doesn't bother me if I stop him, if he quits or if it's a judges' decision - I just want to win". "But Jorge has always been good in avoiding punches".
So, what time is Lomachenko vs Linares tonight? "This [Saturday], Vasiliy Lomachenko will bow down to "King" Jorge".
Salas won't be in Linares' corner Saturday.
LINARES. Attempting the impossible will be Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), a tough, no-nonsense banger who likes to stand in front of opponents and trade. Linares is a veteran and insisted the change won't have much of an impact.
It could be interesting in the first three rounds as Loma tries figure Linares out, but once he gets a good feel of the distance and the angles, he'll eventually flummox Linares into submission on or before the 9th round. "I believe that we haven't seen the best of him", the Venezuelan said through an interpreter. And look, I still have all of the teachings Salas has given me.
Vasyl Lomachenko is widely considered the best fighter in the sport today, regardless of weight division.
Roy Jones Jr and Floyd Mayweather Jr. -two of the most dominant professional fighters we have seen in recent years-both had stellar amateur backgrounds. "It won't matter who is in the corner on Saturday".
"This is the fight that boxing fans wanted", Linares said.
Lomachenko's last fight was also in the Garden, and when his work was done with his fists he basically shrugged his shoulders. The Ukrainian wizard is a minus 2,000 betting favorite over Linares (plus 1,000) at the Westgate sports book.