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Lomachenko and Linares Hit the Streets of NYC and Quotes


*New York City (May 9, 2018)* – Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares took
their talents to the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, as they
participated in an open workout on the corner of 33rd Street and 8th
Avenue, just outside Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion, is looking to conquer a third
weight class when he challenges WBA/Ring Magazine lightweight champion
Jorge Linares on Saturday at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

Linares vs. Lomachenko headlines an evening of world-class action, as
welterweight contender Carlos Adames will take on savvy veteran Alejandro
Barrera in the 10-round co-feature.

Appearing on the undercard will be Irish sensation Michael Conlan in an
eight-round featherweight bout against once-beaten Ibon Larrinaga, 2016
U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer in a six-round lightweight contest against Baby
Nansen, and Brooklyn native Teofimo Lopez against Vitor Freitas in an
eight-round lightweight bout.

This is what the fighters had to say.

*Jorge Linares*

“I am hungry to win and to continue with my reign as world champion. This
is a high-level fight and a very important one for my career because I am
going to prove that Lomachenko is not an invincible fighter. We will see
what he is really made of when he faces me this Saturday. I believe in
myself and I know that I will come out with the victory. I am here to
win. I did not come here to quit.”

*Vasiliy Lomachenko*

“I want to put my name in the history of boxing, and this is one of the
steps I have to take, to fight in different weight classes, different
titles. That’s what will put my name in the history of boxing.”

“I don’t know what Linares will bring. After the fight, I can compare him
with Rigondeaux.”

“I already proved where I am, and I plan on being at the top of the sport
for a very long time. I do not plan on slowing down.”

“Linares is one of the best fighters in his weight class. I don’t think
it’s going to be easy work.”

*Carlos Adames*

“This Saturday, the fans will all talk about ‘Caballo Bronco’. This will be
the first step towards a world championship opportunity and also the first
step on my way to becoming the new face of boxing in the Dominican
Republic. I have the talent, the mentality and the dedication to represent
my country with dignity. That’s why I’m going to give my best and leave
everything in the ring to give the fans a good show”

*Mikaela Mayer*

“I love that Top Rank is putting me on big cards and exposing women’s
boxing a bigger audience. There’s definitely an increased interest in
women’s boxing, and I am proud to be part of that.”

“Do I want a knockout? Of course. I want the fans to see that women can be
in exciting fights and score knockouts.”

“If Nansen wants to come at me, I’m going to be ready for it. I’m ready for
anything.”

*Michael Conlan*

“Madison Square Garden is my home away from home, and I can’t wait to put
on a great show for the New York fans. This is going to be a great night of
boxing.”

*Teofimo Lopez*

“This is my third time fighting at Madison Square Garden, and we know what
happened last time I fought here. I knocked out the guy {Ronald Rivas} with
one shot. One left hook, and he was out.”

“I believe in my God-given talent. Shout out to New York City. I’m from
Brooklyn, and I look forward to showing up and feeling the love from my
hometown fans.”

“Big things are coming. I love big cards like this. The more people I see
out there, the more pumped up I get. Look out for the knockout because it’s
coming.