He earned his first million-dollar purse against Nicholas Walters in late 2016 and has raked in nothing less in his three fights since, putting his estimated net worth at around $5.5m, according to TSM Sports.
Lomachenko did just that, and he has continued to break down his opponents both mentally and physically.
"I thought the fight showed Linares is a helluva fighter, and Loma just stayed in there and knocked him out with a body shot", Arum said. Lomachenko scored another telling combination as the final minute mark came in the round.
Linares was coming forward at the start of the seventh.
Each fighter was ahead 86-84 on a judge's card, while Julie Lederman had it 85-all after nine rounds.
But he has everything it takes to succeed at lightweight and, even as Arum grimaced as Lomachenko was asked about fighting the victor of a potential Mikey Garcia-Robert Easter title fight, Lomachenko said he would be up for the challenge. During the press conference of Survival Instinct: Matira Matibay that will be held Sunday afternoon at the SM Skydome in Quezon City, ESPN5.com talked to IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, 2012 London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga, and former world title challengers AJ Banal and Genesis Servania to get their take on this intriguing match-up.
Lomachenko was able to bloody the nose of Linares in the fifth round.
He unleashed a flurry of eight successive punches - all of which landed - in the 10th which left Linares down on one knee, with the Venezuelan unable to beat the referee's count.
Will Lomachenko make history, or will Linares defy the odds and keep his belt?
It ended up a potential Fight of the Year candidate, with a multitude of close rounds, and even a few surprises.
Jorge Linares proved that Vasiliy Lomachenko was human, but not even knocking down Lomachenko for the first time in his career wasn't enough to stop him. About four punches later, a second left to the body sent Linares down. Lomachenko got up and stayed away until the round. "We have to put on a great performance for the fans", said Linares. Lomachenko opened up with a big combination that was followed with a solid uppercut.
The third saw Linares score with his telling right hooks which has been the main part of his arsenal throughout his career. Lomachenko was focusing on that cut throughout the remainder of the eighth round as momentum swung back in his favor.
Lomachenko in the overwhelming favourite to win. "I want to show people it's not a big problem, that five pounds (from 130 to 135) is not too big of a difference".