By Tré Berry III🖊️
Former RING-LINEAL/WBA Lightweight Champion of the World 🇻🇪Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (47-5-0, 29KO👊) had a bit of a renaissance performance personally upon his reinsertion to the Lightweight division after a stint at 140, and he looked impressive in defeating solid journeyman 🇲🇽🇺🇸Carlos Morales (19-5-4, 8KO👊), knocking him out for what was the first time in Morales career that he had been stopped.
Since Linares defeat to hard hitting 🇲🇽Pablo Cesar Cano last year, the overarching narrative for Linares career has been “where does he fit? does the still have it?”, and it seemed apparent that his venture up to Junior-Welterweight was a bit too high for his vulnerable chin to handle. Having difficulty making the Lightweight limit, he went back to Japan to train and change his diet to comfortably make the ⚖️135 lbs limit, so that he could come back to the division that he once ruled.
Coming out for his fight against Morales, Jorge looked much like the fighter we’ve grown accustomed to at Lightweight since his introduction to the division way back in 2010. Carlos Morales was looking to set traps and go to work against Linares, but his defense and instinctual movement was on point to where Morales couldn’t get anything going, so Linares got his offense going early. As Morales got aggressive coming forward trying to land something of significance, Linares landed a perfect quick short right hand to the jaw that rocked and put Morales down. Badly hurt, he was able to make the count. Getting to the end of the round, Morales asked his corner what the punch was that put it down, as he clearly didn’t even see the punch that did the damage. That big right hand came in handy for Jorge Linares, as he landed another big one and floored Morales once again, in the 4th round. This time, Carlos Morales did not get up to beat the count, and Linares got his 47th victory, and 29th knockout to his pro ledger.
That was the type of performance that Linares needed to keep the prospects of a big showdown with young talented prospect-turned-contender 🇺🇸Ryan “Kingry” Garcia alive for an encounter later in 2020, as Linares put a punctuation on his fight by being the first man to knock out Morales, impressive when you factor in that Morales has been in there with the likes of the aforementioned 🇺🇸Ryan Garcia, 🇵🇷Manny Machado and 🇳🇮Rene Alvarado, all going to distance in those fights. For Linares at 34 years of age, it now appears that he may be in line once again to make a possible splash in the division, and although he looks to have found his form again, the road for him will be very tough from this point on, as the Lightweight division has undergone a youthful transformation of young, hungry, talented fighters looking to imprint their mark on the sport.