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.
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.”