I thought Linares was winning the fight until the stoppage. He faded bad. Wasn't surprised, just disappointed. Linares was never impressive to me but he left Freddie Roach and got better so I was hoping he could show something different tonight. Boy showed he got hands, but still doesn't have the conditioning to fight at that level.
I thought he exposed a little bit of Lomachenko. Just earlier I had watched Lomachenko's fight with Salido, because I wanted to understand how Salido beat him, and I see it now. Loma is straight up and down, he tries to smother fighters, he's got fast hands, and constant combinations, and he'll move in on you, smothering your output, twist and turn you so he can get away, and that's worked on most guys, but Salido wasn't having it. Salido threw combinations with every exchange, he roughed Lomachenko up. And that's what Linares showed what can be done again here. Linares was able to keep Loma away with the jab, and let his hands go when Loma tried to smother him, that's why Loma looked like the Salido fight in there. You got to rough Loma up, and when he's on the outside, control him with a good jab. Easy way to beat him with the right skill set and ability to endure for 12 rounds.
But regardless, Loma wins again, and is being compared to the greats. I could picture Terrence Crawford or Tank Davis beating him tbh.