LINARES WINS VACANT WBC 135LB BELT


December 30, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Two-time world champ, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs), 134.75, impressively acquired his third WBC lightweight belt as he caught WBC#2 Mexican Javier Prieto (24-8-2, 18 KOs), 134.5, with a beautiful left-right combination to have him flat for the count at 1:50 of the fourth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It was the first in the world title tripleheader at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, where the well-packed spectators witnessed a spectacular knockout of Linares who had once gained the WBA feather and WBC super-feather titles to move up to the 135-pound category.

Linares, from the outset, cautiously outboxed and outjabbed the sturdy Mexican and steadily piled up points to feel out his opponentfs style and strategy. He accelerated his attack but prudently kept his distance with sharp and swift jabs to the game Mexican. The fourth witnessed Linares throw a very solid left-right combo that sent Pierto to the canvas. The Mexican stayed prone with his hands under the head as if he was taking a sunbath. His damage was so heavy that he couldnft move only to be counted out by the referee Hernan Guajardo from Argentina, who might have been able to toll a hundred counts.

Unbeaten bright super-fly prospect, WBA#10/WB#14 tall and hard-punching Ryo Matsumoto (13-0, 11 KOs), 114.75, seized the vacant OPBF 115-pound belt by dispatching world-rated Thailander Rusalee Samor (25-6-2, 11 KOs), 114.25, with a barrage of solid punches at 0:43 of the twelfth and final round. Matsumoto may be a future world champ out of Ohashi Gym, following the footsteps of Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue.

In a unique confrontation of the brothers of the main eventers, unbeaten world contender Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1 KO), 114, defeated former world challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaez (20-3-2-1NC), 113.25, Argentina, by a shutout decision (80-73, 80-72 twice) over eight. Inoue outsped and out powered Narvaez, winning all rounds with ease.

Co-promoters: Teiken and Ohashi Promotions.

(12-30-2014)


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