Boxing Results: Jorge Linares DESTROYS Carlos Morales
By Mark Eisner: Former three division world champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) was too good for Carlos Morales (19-5-4, 8 KOs) in destroying him in a 4th round knockout on Friday night on DAZN at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Linares, 34, knocked Morales down twice in the fight in dropping him with a blazing fast right hand in the 3rd and 4th.
Morales unable to beat the count
The fight was halted after Linares flattened the 27-year-old Morales with a right in the 4th. Morales was unable to beat the count, and the referee Thomas Taylor halted it. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:09 of round 4.
Linares was cut from a clash of heads over his left eye in round 1. The cut bled the rest of the way.
Although Morales wasn’t as fast as Linares, he was able to time him, and land some nice shots. Going into the third round, the fight looked to be knotted up at 1-1. However, Linares changed everything when he stunned Morales with a right hand following a jab to the body. Moments later, Linares dropped Morales with a quick right hand that he never saw coming.
Linares partly threw Morales down when he fell into him as he was going down. Morales likely would have been knocked out in the round if not for bell sounding.
As Morales walked back to his corner, he slightly staggered and had a problem finding his corner. In between rounds, Morales asked his trainer ‘what hit me.’ He never saw the right hand that Linares hit him with.
Linares to face Ryan Garcia next
With the win, Linares could be facing Ryan Garcia next in May. Linares says he’s ready for that fight, as long as Ryan and Golden Boy Promotions want to make it happen. But after tonight, Golden Boy might need to think seriously about whether that’s a wise decision.
When you take in the fact that Linares gave Vasiliy Lomachenko a ton of problems in 2018 in a losing effort. Linares dropped Lomachenko with a big right hand in the 6th round, and landed a lot of good shots before getting stopped with a body shot in the 10th.
Alex Rocha decisions Brad Solomon
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alexis Rocha (16-0, 10 KO) defeated Brad Solomon (28-3, 16 KOs). The judges’ scores were 100-89, 99-90, and 97-92. Solomon was down in the 10th round.
Blair Cobbs edges Samuel Kotey
In a disappointing performance, welterweight Blair Cobbs (16-0, 10 KOs) was forced to struggle hard in defeating Samuel Kotey (23-3, 16 KOs) by a 10 round split decision. The scores were 96-93, 96-93 for Cobbs, and 95-94 for Kotey. Boxing News 24 scored it for Cobbs 96-93.
Cobbs looked slow, sloppy and all over the place. He should have been able to win this fight easily, but he couldn’t. He had a problem with Kotey’s skills, and was reacting like he was feeling the effects of his shots.
Other boxing results on the card:
Alejandro Reyes UD 4 Nelson Colon
Bektemir Melikuiziev TKO 1 Marco Antonio Periban
Evan Sanchez TKO 2 Daniel Evangelista
Tenochtitlan Nava UD 6 Anthony Casillas