Jorge Linares shines in one-sided masterpiece — boxing

A roundup of the past week’s notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at Manchester, England

Jorge Linares W12 Anthony Crolla — Full recap
Retains world lightweight title
Scores: 118-109 (three times)
Records: Linares (42-3, 27 KOs); Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs)

Rafael’s remarks:In September, three-division titleholder Linares, 31, of Venezuela, traveled to Crolla’s hometown of Manchester and clearly outpointed him in a blazing fight to win a lightweight belt and earn recognition as the true champion of the division. Linares returned because Crolla, 30, had the right to an immediate rematch but few thought anything would change, and nothing did. In fact, Linares was even more dominant this time in a one-sided masterpiece against the outclassed Crolla, whom he dropped with a nasty uppercut in the seventh round and cut over the left eye. Linares, who won his 11th fight in a row, was sharp and never in any trouble as he put on a classic display of skill and power.

Also on the card, lightweight Katie Taylor (4-0, 2 KOs), 30, the former Irish Olympic star, cruised to an 80-72 shutout (only referee Howard John Foster judged the bout) of Milena Koleva (9-8-1, 3 KOs), 28, of Bulgaria.

Saturday at Potsdam, Germany

Tyron Zeuge W Tech. Dec. 5 Isaac “Grenade” Ekpo — Full recap
Retains a super middleweight title
Scores: 49-46, 49-47, 48-47
Records: Zeuge (20-0-1, 11 KOs); Ekpo (31-3, 24 KOs)

Rafael’s remarks: In November, Zeuge, 24, of Germany, knocked out Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis in the 12th round in a rematch of their draw to claim a 168-pound world title. Making his first defense, Zeuge and Ekpo, 34, the mandatory challenger from Nigeria, Zeuge, accidentally clashed heads during the third round. The collision left Zeuge with a nasty cut over his right eye. Zeuge continued to fight for two more rounds but with blood streaming down his face and his vision apparently impaired, referee Raul Caiz Sr. stopped the fight after the fifth round. Ekpo initially thought he had won…

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