On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko headlined an evening of world-class action at Madison Square Garden.
Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion going into the bout, conquered a third weight class by stopping the WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight champion Linares.
Chcek out the full fight-card results below.
Live Boxing Results
Jorge Linares vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko
- Loma opens from a southpaw stance, feeling out the orthodox Linares. Vasiliy has already graduated to the big room at MSG- received a hearty ovation on his way to the ring and deafening support as his name was announced. Linares’ hand speed isn’t something Loma has encountered in recent fights; the Venezuelan has already found success with his whipping jab. After Linares takes the first round, the action evens out slightly in the second. Vasiliy has yet to really find his rhythm, he’s being countered consistently by Linares.
After a pair of swing rounds to open the bout, Loma looks to have found his rhythm in the 3rd. Linares is poised to be the toughest test in recent memory for Vasyl. Hi-Tech‘s sublime footwork is put on display in the 4th, clipping Linares with left and right hands before ducking out of harm’s way. Things really get fun at the end of the 5th round, as Loma gets the MSG faithful on their feet with a successful combination. Rounds 1 and 2 must feel like an eternity ago for Jorge, who receives his third warning for low blows in the 6th frame.
Linares then turns this fight on its head by flooring Loma with a straight right! Vasiliy beats the count, but it’s clear Jorge won’t be a pushover. The following two rounds are a retread of the fight’s early going, Loma and Linares trading evenly.
Things come unraveled for Linares in the 10th, however, as he hangs on by the skin of his teeth while Loma throws combos. It’s a left hook to the ribcage that drops Jorge, however, and the defending champion is unable to beat the count. Vasiliy Lomachenko picks up a strap with a knockout at 2:08 of the 10th round.
Carlos Adames vs. Alejandro Barrera
- Our ESPN telecast kicks off! Top Rank has high hopes for Carlos Adames, a 23-year-old Dominican making his promotional debut. Adames takes the first frame, clocking Barrera with lefts and rights. Not sure Barrera landed cleanly throughout the round, except for an overhand right that found a home toward the round’s end.
Adames tee’d off on Barrera at the end of the 2nd round, raising his arms as the MSG crowd voiced their approval. Adames picks up where he left off in the 3rd, but Barrera isn’t going away easily, he’s a solid gatekeeper for Carlos to face at this point in his career. Adames is still up handily on scorecards, but Barrera strings a nice combination together to close the 7th round. Carlos Adames notches his first W under the Top Rank banner, improving to 14-0 with 97-93, 96-94, 98-92 scorecards. Credit to Alejandro Barrera for taking his lumps over 10 rounds.
Michael Conlan vs. Ibon Larrinaga
- After three undercard stoppages, Mick Conlan takes the crowd’s heart rate down with an 8-round shutout of Ibon Larrinaga.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Vitor Jones Freitas
- Lopez flattens Freitas with an overhand right behind the left ear. Lopez dances as Freitas fails to make the count. It’s a KO win for Teofimo Lopez at 1:04 of the first round.
Mikaela Mayer vs. Baby Nansen
- Mayer uses her reach early and often against Nansen, an undersized Aussie. Nansen doesn’t present much resistance in this 6-rounder, as Mikaela Mayer improves to 5-0 with a shutout decision.
Jamel Herring vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez
- After tuning up Sanchez through the first two rounds, Herring encounters a near-disaster as a headbutt leaves a nasty gash over his right eyelid. The doctors let him proceed, but the cut is flowing in a terrible location. Fortunately for Jamel, his cutman does a great job of controlling the bleeding through the remainder of the fight. With a newfound sense of urgency, Herring swarms Sanchez for a TKO stoppage at 1:25 of the 5th round. Jamel Herring picks up a W in his Top Rank debut.
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov vs. Jesus Silveira
- Silveira hits the canvas early in the 4th round, but is able to beat the count. A left hand to the jaw puts him down for good at 2:05 of the 4th frame, however. Fazliddin Gaibnazarov improves to 4-0 after capturing gold in the 2016 Olympics.
Header photo by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
All in-article photos by Mikey Williams/Top Rank