Jorge Linares Defeats Anthony Crolla

By Robert Ecksel on September 25, 2016
Jorge Linares Defeats Anthony Crolla
Carl Froch said Linares was “fantastic. We should certainly applaud him.” (Photo: Reuters)

Linares hits opponents the way he hits the open road, with precision and delight. He came to Manchester looking for a fight and there stood Anthony Crolla…

“The ring is the place where a man can project what’s in his mind legally.”—Archie Moore

Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (41-3, 27 KOs), the Comeback Kid from Tokyo, Japan, by way of Barinas, Venezuela, outpointed Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs), the Fighting Pride of Manchester, to win the WBA World lightweight title by unanimous decision after 12 rounds Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

The final scores were 115-114, 117-111, and 115-113.

Linares hits opponents the way he hits the open road, with precision and delight. He came to Manchester looking for a fight and there stood Anthony Crolla.

Crolla is all warrior applied pressure in the opening rounds. He was targeting the midsection when he could get close. Linares used speed and guile and blinding combinations to keep the champion at bay.

Linares was hitting Crolla, but Crolla was not deterred.

He pressed forward.

Crolla upped the ante in the middle rounds. He drew first blood above Linares’ eye in the fifth. Crolla was hurt at the end of round six by a counter he didn’t see coming.

Crolla surged in rounds seven and eight. Linares turned up the heat in the ninth and 10th.

Linares won the championship rounds. Crolla was gassed. He had been outhustled. He had been outworked. Linares’ speed and resilience, his stylish boxing mind, won the day and the WBA title.

“My fight plan worked and I am satisfied,” said Linares after the fight. “However, I hurt my hand in the sixth round.

“I knew it was going to be a tough fight. Crolla told me he was one of my fans. Now I’m one of his fans. We gave the fans a beautiful fight and we can do it again.”

Crolla was crestfallen at the loss.

“He rocked my world. I’m not going to lie,” said Crolla. “It was close. He’s the best fighter I’ve shared the ring with. A few mistakes can cost you dearly and that’s what happened tonight.”

Carl Froch and Paulie Malignaggi called the fight for Sky Sports.

Froch said Linares was “fantastic.”

“We should certainly applaud him. From what we saw tonight from Jorge Linares, it was a real masterful performance, from start to finish really.”

Malignaggi felt the same way.

“I feel Linares not only knows how to hurt you, he also knows how to win rounds. He does things. He has veteran tricks. I think he knew he wasn’t going to stop Crolla, but he knew he was better than Crolla. So he said, ‘I’m going win these rounds and also figure out how to rest in between in certain moments in these rounds.’

“He’s a real globetrotter,” added Malignaggi. “This is a legitimate world champion. This guy’s fought on four continents and he’s fought championship fights on four continents. He’s a real globetrotter.”

He is also a real world-beater.

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  1. Lucas McCain 01:14pm, 09/27/2016

    Love the Archie Moore epigraph.  Moore was a brilliant guy.  When I read guys like Jack Johnson, Archie, and George Foreman, I’m always impressed the subtle intelligence of some fighters in addition to what we usually call “Ring Intelligence”

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:04am, 09/27/2016

    This hombre malo just might be P4P top ten and the aces on are are out to lunch. Maybe if he clobbers someone like Gamboa they’ll pay attention.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:39pm, 09/26/2016

    Abregu got tuned up in a tune up fight in Argentina. Intended victim Pedrozo didn’t get the memo it seems and damn near killed the overwhelming favorite. Abregu family member tried to sucker punch Pedroza in the ring after the stoppage but he slipped the cheap shot nicely. The moral of the story is to beware of .500 fighters whose wins are all KOs.

  4. Emilie 05:41pm, 09/25/2016

    : FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY , STING LIKE A BEE!! thats why its called shadow boxing.. you only see shadow..

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:15pm, 09/25/2016

    Crolla is not exactly chopped liver either. He “targeted the midsection” against Perez and it took the fight right out of him, but Linares is a different matter all together.

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