Jorge Linares vs. Mikey Garcia needs to marinate

Anthony Crolla Jorge Linares Mikey Garcia

Jorge Linares says he wants to fight the best in the world following his 12 round unanimous decision win over Britain’s Anthony Crolla last Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. It was such a masterful performance from Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) in beating Crolla that some of the boxing media are already calling for him to face unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia next.

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Garcia has already commented that he wants the Linares fight next. However, it would be better if Linares let the Mikey fight marinate a little before taking it, because it’s a match that needs more time to build. Linares is just now starting to become popular in the U.S. as his fight with Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) was televised on Showtime Championship Boxing last Saturday night.

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Before that fight, Linares was pretty much invisible in the States, and only known by the hardcore fans. Linares needs to fight in the U.S two or three times to win over a big audience before he faces someone like Mikey Garcia. If the idea is to build the fight before making it, then Linares will need at least 2 to 3 fights in the U.S before he faces Mikey in order to make the most amount of money.

“Anthony and I are warriors and we put on a great fight for you,” said Linares. “I can tell everyone here that Anthony Crolla has some big balls and that’s why he made it through 12 rounds with me. I want to fight in the States now and I want the biggest names; the best fighters,” said Linares.

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Linares beat the 30-year-old Crolla by the scores 118-108, 118-108 and 118-108. Crolla was caught with uppercuts repeatedly by Linares throughout the fight. Linares knocked Crolla to the canvas with a left uppercut in round 7. Crolla took awful punishment after he got back to his feet. The remainder of the fight saw Linares completely dominating a fighter that was not in the same league as him. Linares was streets better than Crolla.