Linares puts on masterclass performance against Crolla in rematch
March 25, 2017
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – In one of the best and most dominant performances of his career Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) traveled back to the United Kingdom (UK) to win a unanimous decision over Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs). The scorecards were all wide for Linares reading 118-109 for all three judges.
From the beginning of the bout, it was clear that Linares had made the necessary adjustments to halt whatever plans Crolla had in mind. By the fifth round, there was a possibility that Linares may have won every single round. Linares also found a home for his patented uppercut landing it on Crolla anytime he threw it. The seventh round saw Linares land a perfect counter uppercut to put Crolla down on the canvas. Even with Crolla hurt, Linares stuck to his gameplan and didn’t go after Crolla with full force.
In the eighth and ninth rounds, Crolla showed tremendous heart by pressing forward and attacking Linares. Although Crolla had his moments in these rounds, Linares landed the sharper punches. The most telling blow was a counter right hand that Linares landed off the ropes that backed Crolla up and visibly hurt him.
The fight got ugly for Crolla in the eleventh round as Linares began to pot shot and land clean combinations. When Crolla went back to his corner, it looked like his corner may not let him out for the final round. Crolla convinced his corner to let him come out for the final round, and Linares seemed to take the round off allowing Crolla to survive.
This was a victory not just for Linares but also for his promoters Golden Boy Promotions as well. Golden Boy’s star attraction is Saul Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) but they need other fighters in their stable to be successful as well. Golden Boy’s CEO Oscar De La Hoya was in attendance to show support for Linares. The next move for Linares could be unification fights with the other champions in the lightweight division.
On the Showtime broadcast, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) was on the commentary team. Garcia being the WBC champion is next in line to face Linares and would be the biggest test of either man’s career. Linares, however, has the option of facing WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (31-0, 12 KOs) should he come out victorious in his next fight against Petr Petrov.
(Feature Photo: Action Images via Reuters)