Also on the card, Antonio Demarco exorcized a few demons by rallying to stop Jorge Linares in eleven rounds to claim the vacant WBC lightweight title. Demarco lost virtually every round prior to the stoppage, but he opened up nasty cuts over Linares eye and nose. Linares was forced to the ropes in the eleventh and was battered until his mask was a mask of blood and pain. Demarco claimed his first world championship and added the weightiest name to his resume. Demarco improved his ledger to 26-2-1 (19). Linares, who performed well in defeat, dropped to 31-2 (20).
Demarco moved from seventh to sixth at lightweight. Miguel Acosta is pushed down to seventh. Linares holds onto his number eight ranking.
Also on the card, Danny Garcia scored his biggest win to date with a split decision over Kendall Holt in a twelve round junior welterweight bout. Garcia prevailed by scores of 117-111 twice and one odd score of 113-115. Garcia increased his numbers to 22-0 (14) and added his second former world champion to his resume. Holt fell further into no-man’s land and now stands at 27-5 (15).
Garcia, who just entered the SecondsOut 140-pound rankings in the last couple of weeks, jumped from tenth to seventh at 140 pounds.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 23:
On Friday, October 21:
At 11th Inf Reg, Bangkok, Thailand: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam versus Edgar Sosa in a twelve round WBC flyweight bout
On Saturday, October 22:
At Arena, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany: Marco Huck versus Rogelio Omar Rossi in a twelve round WBO cruiserweight title bout; Kubrat Pulev versus Travis Walker in a twelve round heavyweight bout
At Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama: Miguel Acosta versus Richard Abril in a twelve round interim WBA lightweight title bout
At Madison Square Garden - WaMu Theater, New York, New York, United States: Nonito Donaire versus Omar Andres Narvaez in a twelve round WBC/WBO bantamweight title bout; Miguel Angel Garcia versus Juan Carlos Martinez in a ten round featherweight bout
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