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Jorge Linares vs Anthony Crolla report
Who won Linares vs Crolla II?
Jorge Linares beat Anthony Crolla by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 25th March 2017 at Manchester Arena in Manchester.
The scorecards were announced as 118-109, 118-109, 118-109 in favor of winner Jorge Linares.
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).
This contest was for the unified lightweight championship of the world, with the WBA & The Ring belts on the line.
Linares vs Crolla II stats
Jorge Linares stepped into the ring with a record of 41 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 27 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Anthony Crolla made his way to the ring with a record of 31 wins, 5 loses and 3 draws, with 13 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Linares had a large advantage in power over Crolla, boosting at 66% knock out percentage over Crolla's 42%.
Jorge Linares was the older man by 1 year, at 37 years old.
Crolla had a height advantage of 1 inch over Linares. Despite this, he had 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Jorge Linares & Anthony Crolla fought out of an orthodox stance.
Linares was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 5 more fights, and made his debut in 2002, 3 years and 9 months earlier than Crolla, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 65 more professional rounds, 354 to Crolla's 289.
Anthony Crolla was ranked number 4 by the WBA and 8 by the WBC in the 135lb division.
Linares vs Crolla II form
Linares had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Zaur Abdullaev on 19th February 2022 by knockout in the 12th round at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Devin Haney on 29th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Carlos Morales on 14th February 2020 by knockout in the 4th round at Honda Center, California.
Before that, he had beat Al Toyogon on 7th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
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.
Crolla 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 Jorge Linares on 24th September 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Lightweight and The Ring Lightweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Ismael Barroso on 7th May 2016 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA World Lightweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Going into that contest, he had beat Darleys Perez on 21st November 2015 by knockout in the 5th round in their WBA World Lightweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Before that, he had drawn with Darleys Perez on 18th July 2015 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their WBA World Lightweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United States.
He had defeated Gyorgy Mizsei Jr on 15th November 2014 by points in the 6th round at 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jorge Linares had been fighting more than Anthony Crolla.
Going to this contest, Jorge Linares had last fought 1 year, 3 months and 9 days ago, while Anthony Crolla's last outing had been 6 years, 8 months and 4 days ago.
Linares' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 4 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
Crolla's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 6 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
What time did Linares vs Crolla II start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM GMT at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom, which was 6:00 PM EST or 3:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Linares vs Crolla II?
Linares vs Crolla II was broadcast on Sky Sports 1 in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by ShowTime.
What were the odds on Linares vs Crolla II?
Jorge Linares was a 12/25 (-210) favourite going into the contest, while Anthony Crolla made his way into the ring at 44/25 (+180) with oddsmakers.
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