"Maybe I should change my name now to 'NoMasChenko'," joked Vasyl Lomachenko, much to the amusement of the fans at Madison Square Garden Theater.

Minutes earlier the Ukrainian had just forced Guillermo Rigondeaux to quit on his stool, halfway through the first ever pro bout between two-time Olympic gold medallists.

Rigondeaux's exit meant that Lomachenko has now forced four straight opponents to withdraw during a fight; Nicholas Walters after seven, Jason Sosa after nine, Miguel Marriaga after seven and Rigondeaux after six.

"Probably they start understanding I am controlling them 100%. That's why they start quitting," Lomachenko told FightHub.

"We need a signed contract before the fight. We need a signed rule - you can't quit. If you quit, you're not going to get paid. Of course I don't like it, because I can't show my best skill."

After sweeping through the Super-Featherweight division, 'High-Tech' steps up to Lightweight to take on skillful Venezuelan Jorge Linares.

Linares has boxed southpaws in his last two outings - Luke Campbell and Mercito Gesta - both ending in points victories, however Lomachenko doesn't believe this will make a difference on May 12th.

"It's good for him, but it won't help him. I have a different level. I need just two or three rounds, then I start to do my best job. I understand what my opponents do.

"I do things first, not letting them do what they want to do," explaining what it means when fighters are in what he calls 'The Matrix'. "Sometimes if [my] opponent thinks he's going to do something, I'm going to make him do what I want him to do."

Lomachenko insists he feels very strong at 135lbs. When asked what it was like sparring Lightweights and Super-Lightweights, he replied: "I don't know, because I spar with a guy who is 160lbs!"

Jorge Linares v Vasyl Lomachenko is exclusively live in the UK and Ireland on BoxNation. Sky customers can use code CHAMPIONS for free registration (usually £8) until midnight on May 19th.