Sunday, 26 March 2017

Linares repeats WBA title victory over game Crolla.

WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) scored a repeat twelve round unanimous decision over Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) in their rematch last night at the Manchester Arena..
Linares once again brought his class to the table, coasting through a large portion of the fight unmoved by anything the local challenger had to offer..  A hugely impressive display of accuracy and power dominated the bout, flooring Crolla with an uppercut  in the seventh. Linares came within an ace of scoring the stoppage, but the defiant former champion showed courage beyond the call of duty..  The popular Crolla would have proved a match for almost any lightweight in the world on the night, but Linares has proved that he is a bit special, winning comfortably by 118-109 unanimously..

In a chief support, Blackpool's rising middleweight star Jack Arnfield scored a landmark unanimous decision victory over friend and former stablemate, Brian Rose in defence of his WBA international title..   Rose, 29-5-1 (8 Ko's) looked in control of the first half of the fight with good assertive attacks, catching the upright champion with straight shots..  However the second half of the fight saw the younger man rally to close the gap, using the jab and effective body punching from close range..  Arnfield, 24-2 (6 Ko's) overcame a cut eye in the 8th while Rose had to endure the trademark cut nose towards the final sessions..  I had Rose slightly ahead going into the 12th, a round that I also had him winning, but a unanimous verdict saw Jack retain his title with scores of 113-115 twice and 112-116..