5/13/18- MSG- N.Y.- I missed the original airing of the Vasily Lomachenko fight against WNA lightweight champ Jorge Linares. Now, I’ve deduced I either need my eyes examined or get my tv fixed. After Lomachencko (10-1-8K) stopped the champ in the tenth round with a combo capped off by a hard left hand to the liver. Linares (44-3-27) had fought well ended up taking the ten count on his knees. I’d read the comments of the new champ’s performance as “a fight for the ages, a candidate for the FOTY and how “brilliant” Loma’s performance was. PLEASE, STOP! This was a good fight and no more. I saw other fights this weekend that were better. The talking heads were complicit in forming opinions as they constantly and I DO mean CONSTANTLY, ranted and raved about Loma’s performance. If they’d heard him pass gas, they would’ve hyped THAT as well. This was obscene. They went on and on about the short time it was taking Loma to win his third title. I got the feeling there would’ve been some very disappointed people had Loma lost.
What I saw was a fast, accurate, shifty challenger that obviously was more skilled than the ‘ol vet. Drilling Linares with sharp leads and counters, beating the champ to the ‘get off’. Loma spun Linares, stepped around for counters, befuddling the champ at every turn, but where was the “brilliance, breathtaking showing by the guy? I’m not THAT sold on the guy. He CAN fight, nobody’s disputing that but I don’t see some FEARFUL monster that’s being promoted (created). When I hear he’s fighting, I don’t block any time to make sure I see him, to me, he’s NOT must see tv, SORRY. They only real drama came when Jorge drilled Loma with a straight right in the seventh round dropping him. Loma was not hurt, just caught a shot, hey, it’s boxing. The name of the game is hit and get hit, that’s what happens in a fight, REGARDLESS of how many people say, the name of the game is ‘to hit and NOT get hit’. Once again, ALL fighters hit, get hit and EXPECT to get hit. Saying otherwise is to say, in basketball, the intention is to shoot and not miss. Like saying, if it’s raining and you’re running to your car, ‘the aim is to NOT get wet’.
Lastly, I’m glad I DID see the fight, but I was nowhere NEAR overwhelmed, just a good fight. It’s amazing, when a network is massaging the testacles of a particular fighter on the regular, he can do no wrong. Hell, I’m more interested in seeing new 154lb champ Jaime Munguia fight again. Now, I’d love to see Loma against Mikey Garcia or Bud Crawford. So sorry to rain on anybody’s parade and maybe I WILL get these old peepers checked. Jeepers Creepers what about those peepers?