Linares KOs Morales in four

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) of Venezuela scored an explosive fourth round knockout over Los Angeles’s own Carlos Morales (19-5-4, 8 KOs) in the co-feature on Friday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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Testing each other out with the jab, Linares and Morales took the first to figure out and measure distance. Morales landed some snapping punches on the inside connecting with an uppercut snapping Linares head as the former world champion was cut above his left eye. Linares stalked in the third as Morales jabbed away with him. A short Linares right hand dropped Morales.

A crushing Linares right hand in round four is what finally did it as he sent Morales to the canvas again. Referee Thomas Taylor counted Morales out at 2:09.

“I surprised myself, but I can demonstrate even more that,” said Linares. “I wanted to see if I could capture a world title in a fourth weight class. He caught me, I was off balance, but now I’m back at 135 pounds. The best thing I could have done is go back home to Japan with Teiken Promotions and Mr. Honda. Now I’m ready to shore more. I’m at the best moment in my career right now.”

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  • Awesome fight for Linares. Jus as I expected from the extremely skilled fighter (young at heart n mind). Although Morales isnt a superstar, Linares did what others cldnt do. Speed n precision with that power wins fights. Awesome Job.

  • Linares is a gritty pressure fighter always in shape ready to fight. I have enjoyed watching him thru the years as a fighter. Linares gave Loma some issues during their match up even though Linares lost to a KO. Linares is never a quitter and will always deliver his arsenal of punches unless someone stops him first.

    • Agreed scoobs. Linares poses threat to any fighter in the division as he was getting it with Loma. The dude is a class act. Respectful and vicious. We need more fighters with his style. Either go out there and fight heard to get a KO or go out on ur shield. He does that. I hope he still has a few good years left in him

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