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Linares-Juarez: Is it 7th time lucky for Rocky?

Jorge Linares Rocky JuarezBy Peter Wells: One thing Rocky Juarez does hold is the record for the most failed world title attempts, not a record though to be proud of. Once again he may not be fighting for a major title but the WBA Fedelatin Lightweight title is a belt and will get him a chance at the WBA ‘world’ title. Juarez is considering retirement if he doesn’t come out victorious this time. Juarez is coming off two defeats and doesn’t really look like he’s ready for a tough opponent yet.

Up until October last year, you’d call this a miss match, but that was before Juan Carlos Salgado destroyed Jorge Linares in just 73 seconds. It was a huge upset and Juarez will use that as a positive, and now we know that Linares is beatable. Juarez is also a good puncher scoring 20 knockouts from 28 victories, but Linares can bang too, which 18 of 28 stopped early. This is also both fighters first trip to Lightweight, so neither has the upper hand there.

Juarez has been in a lot more wars than Linares, but that counts as experience against top fighters. He doesn’t lose to lower class opposition, and Linares has yet to prove himself against a top fighter. You can defiantly say that at GBP he is being protected. Linares has another advantage in height, by 3½in and has already scheduled a fight in Japan on October 24th, his opponent is unknown.

Juarez will want to give all he’s got and force Linares into a war early, he will have his moments, but Linares will have learnt from his mistakes and come through an early struggle to pick apart Rocky from the outside and take a clear points decision against a great warrior, but I doubt he will fulfil his world title dream.

Linares weighed 132.5lbs while Juarez came in at 132lbs.

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