Linares Crushes Cotto
By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Super lightweight Jorge Linares (45-4, 28 KO’s) was just way
too much for Abner Cotto (23-4, 12 KO’s). It was pretty
clear from the moment that the fight started that Cotto was
not in the same league as a warrior like Linares. By round 2
Linares put Cotto down with a crisp left hand and it’s a
wonder the fight wasn’t over then. Somehow Cotto got up and
made it through the round but it may have been in his best
interest to have taken the count early.
In round three Linares was all over Cotto dropping him twice
with solid combinations. With nowhere to run or hide Cotto’s
corner waved the white flag at the 1:31 mark of the third
round. The talented Linares made easy work of a fighter who
had a great last name and nothing more.
After the fight Cotto stated, “Thank you to Golden Boy for
the opportunity. I came well prepared but he had a hard
right hand we weren’t expecting. I’m young and I didn’t
fight with just anyone. He’s a 3-division champion. I will
sit with my team and see what’s next.”
A jubilant Linares said, “I feel good and ready to fight the
best at 140 pounds. I’ve been hearing Mikey Garcia’s name
and he’s been hearing my name. Maybe we can have that fight
next year. I came in very well prepared to fight the best in
Lightweights Oscar Duarte (15-0-1, 10 KO’s) vs. Roger
Gutierrez (19-3-1, 6 KO’s) looked as though it was going to
be a pretty competitive scrap in the early goings of the
fight. But when the fight started to get heated Gutierrez
blatantly head butted Duarte and was promptly reprimanded
and docked two points by the referee.
No sooner than the fight resumed than Duarte went wild on
Gutierez and did not relent until the bell sounded.
Seemingly overwhelmed by the onslaught Gutierez slumped into
his corner and refused to return to the fight. Officially it
was Duarte by KO after 4.
“I had a great preparation with the Diaz Brothers and with
four-time world champion Jorge Linares. Gutierrez hit me
with a headbutt and something turned on in me so I looked
for the knockout. I’m not sure what happened, but we’ll
still enjoy the victory!
Welterweight Travell Mazion (14-0, 11 KO’s) and Alan
Zavala(15-3, 13 KO’s) wasted little time giving the fans
their money’s worth as it was peddle to the metal as soon as
the opening bell rang. Both fighters were landing big shots
early and often. But it was Zavala who decided to showboat a
little bit only to get met with a picture left hook that
ended his fun. Mazion put Zavala down for the count at the
2:39 mark of the first round.
“I feel amazing. I want to thank God,” said Travell Mazion
“I want to send a blessing to Zavala. He’s an amazing
opponent. I worked hard and came out with the victory. I
went through a lot of bad things, but now I’m back thank
God. Munguia, I respect you. But I got to get to the top
Lightweight Romero Duno (18-1, 14 KO’s) put Ezequiel Aviles
(16-3-3, 6 KO’s) down once in round two and for good measure
dropped him 2 more times in round 6. Duno remained in
control over the course of the fight but was met with some
crisp punches along the way.
Duno’s aggression was just too much for Aviles all night.
Scores of 78-71 across the board gave Duno the well deserved
Lightweight Elnur Abduraimov made an impressive pro debut by
manhandling Aaron Jamel Hollis (4-7, 2 KO’s) and stopping
him at the 144 mark of round 1.
“Hollis was a good. Thank you to my coaches. I think it was
a very good performance. I want to thank World of Boxing
Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. I’ll be back in