Vasyl Lomachenko has become the quickest fighter in boxing to win world titles in three different weight classes, as he finishes Jorge Linares in the 10th round to become the new WBA Lightweight Champion. And now history is his once again.
It wasn't exactly a stereotypical action-packed Fight of the Year, yet Lomachenko vs Linares was well-fought, dramatic and had a big finish.
Lomachenko broke the record held by Australian legend Jeff Fenech, a Hall of Famer who won world titles at bantamweight and junior featherweight before winning a belt at featherweight in his 20th fight in 1988.
It remains to be seen if Lomachenko will move up any further as Linares was physically much bigger when they entered the ring.
The outcome ended Linares' 13-fight win streak - which began after suffering back to back knockout losses. This time it was Jorge Linares who fell victim to The Matrix. Linares, however, did suffer a cut above his left eye in the eighth, which Lomachenko tried to target with the jab throughout the eighth. It will go the distance because Linares isn't your typical boxer. It's almost impossible to argue against Lomachenko as the best fighter in the game right now. Despite Lomachenko looking beatable, it was one hard left hook to Linares' liver that sent the champion onto one knee and unable to get back up by the referee's 10-count. The right hand is working and landing regularly, and it could be an early night for Barrera if he doesn't defend against it.
Lomachenko seemed to have the fight in control when late in the sixth Linares slammed him with a straight right hand that put the Ukrainian on his trousers for the first time as a pro. "That's why I came to this weight class, [to fight Garcia] and that's [the fight] I will be looking forward to". His size wasn't proving an issue, however, as Lomachenko tiptoed and swivelled into advantageous positions and left his mark.More news: ISRAEL ON EDGE: Protesters Gather at Israel-Gaza Border
Lomachenko was able to land a brutal shot to the liver in round ten which spelt and end to Linares.
Linares had momentum after that, and was throwing tons of punches.
But Lomachenko won't be facing Garcia right away.
Coming into Saturday's fight he had made 4 successful defenses of that title - with all 4 challengers quitting on their stools.
But he has everything it takes to succeed at lightweight and, even as Arum grimaced as Lomachenko was asked about fighting the victor of a potential Mikey Garcia-Robert Easter title fight, Lomachenko said he would be up for the challenge.