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Zaur Abdullaev vs Jorge Linares report
Who won Abdullaev vs Linares?
Zaur Abdullaev beat Jorge Linares by knockout in the 12th round on Saturday 19th February 2022 at RCC Boxing Academy in Ekaterinburg.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Abdullaev vs Linares stats
Zaur Abdullaev stepped into the ring with a record of 14 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jorge Linares made his way to the ring with a record of 47 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 29 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Linares had a slight advantage in power over Abdullaev, with a 62% knock out percentage over Abdullaev's 57%.
Zaur Abdullaev was the younger man by 8 years, at 29 years old.
Abdullaev had a height advantage of 1 inch over Linares. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Zaur Abdullaev & Jorge Linares fought out of an orthodox stance.
Abdullaev was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 38 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 14 year and 2 months later than Linares, whose first professional fight was in 2002. He had fought 230 less professional rounds, 124 to Linares' 354.
Zaur Abdullaev went into the fight ranked number 4 by the WBC, 14 by the WBO and 11 by the IBF at lightweight.
Jorge Linares was ranked number 6 by the WBC in the 135lb division.
Abdullaev vs Linares form
Abdullaev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Dejan Zlaticanin on 11th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Previous to that, he had won against Zhora Hamazaryan on 27th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg.
Going into that contest, he had beat Pavel Malikov on 22nd August 2020 by knockout in the 7th round at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg.
Before that, he had been beaten by Devin Haney on 13th September 2019 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBC Interim World Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
He had defeated Humberto Martinez on 22nd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 10th round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Linares had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Devin Haney on 29th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Carlos Morales on 14th February 2020 by knockout in the 4th round at Honda Center, California.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Al Toyogon on 7th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Before that, he had lost to Pablo Cesar Cano on 18th January 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Super Lightweight eliminator fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
He had beat Abner Cotto on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Zaur Abdullaev had been fighting more than Jorge Linares.
Going to this contest, Zaur Abdullaev had last fought 1 year, 6 months and 20 days ago, while Jorge Linares' last outing had been 1 year, 10 months and 2 days ago.
Abdullaev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.
Linares' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6 rounds on average.
What time did Abdullaev vs Linares start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 4:00 PM UTC at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia, which was 11:00 AM EST or 8:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 4:00 PM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Abdullaev vs Linares?
The fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.
What were the odds on Abdullaev vs Linares?
Zaur Abdullaev was a 11/10 (+110) underdog going into the contest, while Jorge Linares made his way into the ring at 73/100 (-140) with oddsmakers.