There’s much to be said about what both Linares and Lomachenko were able to do in the ring Saturday, but in this short, we’re more interested in what didn’t happen. How was @jorgelinares
able to defuse @lomachenkovasiliy
’s dazzling outside footwork that has embarrassed so many before him?
1. Counter-clockwise pivot. It turns out, escaping Lomachenko as an orthodox fighter was easier done than said. Linares does this simply and safely by committing to the full 180 degree turn and pivoting into space as oppose to on the spot, or not at all. Linares does well throughout the fight to keep his eyes on Lomachenko and not get buried in his gloves like so many prior opponents.
2. Destabilizing. Linares uses his arm and body weight to destabilize Lomachenko on the turn stealing his leverage while pushing him further out of the pocket. Notice how Linares ever so slightly closes the distance as Lomachenko approaches to pull this off.
3. Stiff Arm. At times Linares simply outstretched his arm controlling his weight or using his lengthier reach to keep Lomachenko at bay.
Linares clearly did his homework and it makes one wonder: how much of Lomachenko’s skillset will stand the test of time and how, if at all, will Lomachenko adjust as more and more opponents become privy to his tendencies?
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