The statistics surrounding what is already being touted as the Fight of the Year for 2018 have been released by CompuBox this week.
On the back of a stunning ten-round battle between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares at lightweight, the numbers have been crunched and make for interesting reading.
CompuBox ratified what everybody already knew, that Lomachenko is one hell of a special fighter and fully lived up to the pre-fight hype of being heralded as the ‘Matrix of Boxing’.
Credit must also go to Linares, though. The Venezuelan dropped Lomachenko hard in the fight and broke more than one record for punches thrown and landed on the elusive Ukrainian.
Here’s how the figures look:
7.2- avg. jabs landed per round by Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares (lightweight avg.: 4.6)
18.3%- pct. of body landed/total landed by Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares, slightly below the CompuBox avg. of 22.3%, but ironically the punch that KO’d Linares
20- number of jabs landed by Vasiliy Lomachenko in round 8, the most he’s landed in his 12 pro fights
29- number of punches landed by Jorge Linares in round 9, the most by a Loma opponent in his 12 pro fights
55- number of jabs thrown by Vasiliy Lomachenko in round 8, more than double the lightweight avg.
102- number of punches thrown Jorge Linares in round 9, the most by a Loma opponent in his 12 pro fights
207- number of punches landed by Jorge Linares, the most by a Loma opponent in his 12 pro fights
Lomachenko is now being linked to unification fights against Mikey Garcia and Ray Beltran, whilst Linares is being somewhat lost in the aftermath.
So who would want to see a rematch again? Surely there would be plenty of takers for a contest that enthralled all who witnessed at the world famous Madison Square Garden and beyond.