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Boxing In Mexico: Linares Stops Perez To Retain WBA Crown

Last night at Plaza de Toros in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Jorge Linares kept busy with a WBA super feather title defense against challenger Josafat Perez.

Southpaw Perez was coming down from lightweight, where he holds the Mexican title, but had never before traded in anything approaching world class.

That gulf in experience was evident as the 25 year old from Monclava was outboxed from the first bell.

Tokyo based Venezuelan Linares put on a clinical display of the skill that won him WBA crowns at feather and super feather, impressively airing out his arsenal against a clearly overmatched challenger.

Big hearted Perez gamely carried on until 1:42 of the eighth frame when the contest was waved off in favor of Linares.

Linares improves to 27-0 (18), retaining the WBA super feather title for the first time while Perez loses his second in a row and now stands at 12-2 (7).

Linares will likely have to face European champion Sergey Gulyakevich, 26-1 (12), of Belarus, the highest rated WBA challenger, in his next appearance.

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