The highly anticipated Lomachenko Linares fight has been agreed in principle this week in what could be one of the best technical matches in the sport this year.
For months now the two have been linked with one another in a lightweight showdown but Dan Rafel of ESPN confirmed the news this week that it will now actually happen:
The Jorge Linares-Vassiliy Lomachenko fight is a done deal for May 12 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a source with knowledge of the contract signing told ESPN. Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) will defend his lightweight world title against pound-for-pound… https://t.co/JPpVLEmnqX
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) March 13, 2018
What a fight, and not too long way to look forward to as well.
MSG being the iconic venue that it is befitting of such a sweet science spectacle too.
As you could expect, boxing fans have been quite pleased with the news:
@quigleykarl my prayers have been answered what a dream fight!
— Shane Walsh (@ShaneWalsh17) March 13, 2018
@OltandCatchFire one week after Canelo-GGG!
— Mike Loszach (@MikeyLo34) March 13, 2018
Hell yeah! @GoldenBoyBoxing staying true to bringing us the best vs the best in 2018… ?? #teamlinares @JorgeLinares @makeawar @OscarDeLaHoya
— The Mandarin (@DaRealRlen_heel) March 13, 2018
OMG!!!! I love when the best fight the best in their prime. These are 2 true competitors
— Jason Laboy Photography (@Jason24cf) March 13, 2018
Great news. Congrats to GBP for making concessions to make this fight happen
— Ceferino Garcia (@ceferinog6181) March 14, 2018
What a fight! Have been hoping this would be made. Winner to fight Garcia?
— Jordan Jakeman (@JordanJakeman) March 13, 2018