The WBA lightweight champion impressively proved his superiority over Mercito Gesta during their 12-round, 135-pound title fight in Inglewood, California.
Venzuela’s Linares won by big margins on all three scorecards – 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111 to make the third defense of his WBA lightweight championship.
The 32-year-old Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) won his 13th straight fight since suffering back-to-back technical knockout defeats to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson in October 2011 and March 2012, respectively.
In his first title shot, Gesta lost a lopsided 12-round, unanimous decision to Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez, then the IBF 135-pound champ, in December 2012 in Las Vegas.
The calm champion remained focused and continued to out-box a challenger who hadn’t had any real success since early in the fight.
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