Jorge Linares 42-3, 27 KO’s retained retained his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine world lightweight titles last night at the Manchester arene beating local favourite Anthony Crolla 31-6, 15 Ko’s by SHUT OUT points decision in their eagerly awaited re-match.
Crolla dug deep but it just wasn’t enouch to wrench the belts from the champion, with all 3 of the ringside judges scoring it the same 118-109.
From the off, Linares controlled rounds one and two with his jab and out-boxed Crolla. Linares did the same throughout round four, controlling with his jab and using his footwork to keep Crolla at distance. Round five intensified with both fighters throwing more punches, but in round 7 Linares dropped Crolla with a swift, left uppercut that seal Crolla’s fate with him needing a stoppage to take titles.
In the 8th round, both fighters worked the body with Crolla fighting back harder than than ever, cheered on by his home crowd. In the final rounds, Crolla countered back throwing more punches but ultimately could not overcome Linares.
Linares left the crowd in no doubt that he was the only winner of their rematch which was a closely fought affair last time out.