Jorge Linares KOs Carlos Morales in four -There are levels to the fight game and three-division world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) showed confident Carlos Morales (19-5-4) a few things in winning by knockout and putting himself in position for another lightweight world title run.
Linares lost his last fight by knockout a year ago, but showed he is far from done as he manipulated Morales into position for a slick left to the body and short right to the chin first in the third round, then for a final knockdown in the fourth.
For nearly three rounds Morales seemed to be able to trade blows with the Venezuelan fighter who formerly held the featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight world championship. But once Linares figured out the right combination, he delivered and Morales could not handle the power. At 2:09 of the fourth the fight was waved off by referee Tom Taylor. Now Linares looks poised to meet Garcia.
“I’m back at 135 and I’m ready for the best at 135. I’m ready for Ryan Garcia and then we will see what happens,” said Linares, 34. –David A. Avila