By Jason Pribila: Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice….
The first time I saw Jorge Linares was the reason I wrote a column as to why Oscar Larios should hand up the gloves.
He was then knocked out . Caught cold. Forgotten.
On the semi-final of Hopkins-Dawson, Linares returned.
Linares showed he was a 5-tool boxer early. Speed, power, average, arms, and defense.
Hall of Fame Promoter, Emanuel Steward gushed he’s never seen a talent at this level. That did not happen through 4 rounds. He was once again knocking on the door of HBO’s “Golden Step”.
Five rounds through the fight the only question were if Linares could invent another punch to land on his foe.
And suddenly, boxing, like no other sport saw the tide begin to turn.
DeMarco now seemed confident with the fact he was still standing. He was fresh and firing back. And suddenly a blow dented the Linares Machine. A cut on the bridge on Linares nose would land a spot that would make it nearly impossible to stop the bleeding.
Linares fought round after round behind a crimson mask.
As confident it made DeMarco, Lniares’ skill kept him at bay Linares never seemed bothered by the blood, but his cuts were becoming a concern
The end of round 10, Linares stuck his bloody tongue out. It was his moment. He now proved to himself that he was more stud than substance. He had not only skills but heart, and this evening would be his shining moment.
And before round 11, DeMarco’s corner urged their charge that he “can’t win if he can’t knock him out”.
The round began with Linares on his toes…bobbing and moving behind his scars of war. Mid-way through the round DeMarco rocked Linares. A hard right hand and a crushing left blew up Linares’ face, as he slowly moved to the ropes…. DeMarco came forward..and two big right hands stopped the fight.
Antonio DeMarco pulled an upset. After four rounds, it seemed more like a miracle.
The highlight of the evening was that while DeMarco could have been riding around the ring on his conrers’ shoulders, he instead dropped to his knees to make sure Linares was well.
This was the highlight of the evening.
This was the reward for the boxing fans that sit patiently for the next great moment to happen.
Jason Pribila could be reached for questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 14, 2011
Linares jabs well dominates the round, and another cut opens over lineras right eye. 78-62
Blood doesn’t even stop in between rounds
Round 9: Good lead left by Lineras. Another lead left uppercut. 9 punch combo. Linares letting his hands go through a Crimson mask.
“I don’t have my medicine”
Round 10: busy Linares. Good straight right from Lineras. 98-82
Round 11: De Marco is going straight at Lineras. Lineras is getting thmped. Good uppercut. Bit fight by DeMarco. Lineras…ging to to toe. Two shots by De Marco,,and the fight is stopped!!!
Official score: 2:32 of Round 11
Compu Box: Total punches: 97 of 440 (22%) …. Linares 216-627 (34%)
Power shots: 83-240 (35%)………..Lineras (149-411 (36%)
Just a class act DeMarco on his knees consoling Linares