LOS ANGELES, California: Jorge Linares retained his World Boxing Association lightweight world title with a unanimous decision over Filipino fighter Mercito Gesta in a 12-round bout on Saturday.
Linares improved to 44-3 with 27 KOs.He landed the harder and cleaner punches throughout, winning almost every round on the judges’ scorecards. Two judges scored it 118-110 and the other at 117-111.
Linares chipped away at Gesta’s defense in the first five rounds before taking his attack up a notch in the middle rounds.By the seventh he was landing some four- and five-punch combinations. He suffered a cut around his right eye in the eighth round when Gesta hit him with a left hand.Linares fought with blood flowing from the cut for the rest of the round but his corner was able to stop it from bothering him for the remainder of the fight.