Jorge Linares Defeats Anthony Crolla In Rematch To Retain
The WBA, WBC Diamond & Ring Magazine World Lightweight
Photos: Lawrence Lustig - Matchroom Boxing
Jorge "El Niño de Oro"
Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) skillfully defeated former
champion Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-6, 15 KOs)
to retain his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine World
Lightweight Championship titles in a 12-round rematch
battle that went the distance live from Manchester
Arena. Showtime International Boxing will replay Linares
vs. Crolla II tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHO Extreme.
Crolla showed great heart throughout the 12-round fight;
Linares, however, showed even greater skill, swift
footwork, speed and control to win the fight by
unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring it
In the beginning, Linares controlled rounds one and two
with his jab and out-punched Crolla. Linares continued
the trend through round four, controlling with his jab
and using his footwork to keep Crolla at a comfortable
distance. Round five intensified with both fighters
throwing more punches, but it was in round seven when
Linares dropped Crolla with a swift, left uppercut that
it became evident he was poised to win the fight.
By round eight, both fighters worked the body with
Crolla fighting back harder than previous rounds,
cheered on heavily by the pro-Crolla crowd. In the final
rounds, Crolla countered back throwing more punches but
ultimately could not overcome Linares.