Golden Boy, Roach Push For DeMarco-Linares Rematch

By Robert Morales

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has asked the WBC for a rematch between Saturday's semi-main event fighters - Jorge Linares and Antonio DeMarco. Way ahead on the scorecards, Linares was stopped at 2:32 of the 11th round of the lightweight title fight. 

Linares' face was a bloody mask because of a deep cut on the bridge of his nose and three cuts around his right eye. It  was obviously affecting him in the round, and DeMarco was able to take advantage by punishing Linares during his best round of the fight.

"We asked the WBC to order an immediate rematch," Schaefer said to "That's what Jorge wants and I think that's what Jorge deserves because the fact is Jorge was fighting most of the fight with a bloody face, a very bloody face and yet he kept winning round by round and round by round, even though he had that bloody face.

"He was in the fight and he was stopped, I think, like five seconds (actually 28) before the end of the 11th round and he  was still punching back. He obviously got caught there by some good shots but he was punching."

Schaefer said that under the circumstances, including the championship being on the line, the fair thing would have been for referee Raul Caiz to let Linares finish the round and then have the doctor take a look at him before the 12th.

Linares was ahead by six, six and eight points at the time of the stoppage.

Linares' trainer Freddie Roach is bothered by the idea that all four cuts were supposedly caused by legal blows, at least according to Caiz, who never said otherwise.

"Yeah, I think that warrants a rematch," Roach said. "He fought a very brave fight and the thing is I still say all those cuts didn't come from fair blows like the referee said. If one of those cuts was caused by a head-butt, it goes to the scorecards and we get the decision. There were four cuts and the referee said they were all from legal punches, and I find that hard to believe."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Clint650 on 10-20-2011

great fight. i dont think the ref was aware on who was winning on the cards, so i cant blame him for stepping in when he did. Linares stacked a bunch of rounds but the pressure from Demarco was killing…

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-20-2011

[QUOTE=kokingbill;11315793]So what if he was shoe-shining demarco and looing fancy here and there, the fact of the matter is demarco landed harder punches. Thats what counts in Pro-boxing. It isnt the amateurs where landing a bunch of slaps wins you…

Comment by Buthopvlick on 10-20-2011

I'd love to see them do it again , and i think DeMarco stop Linares sooner in the rematch!!!

Comment by Prawn Jovi on 10-20-2011

This was a fight! It seemed clear to me that Linares wasn't going to win by KO, but I did think he was going to win. DeMarco just kept coming with the pressure and Linares couldn't hang. I gotta say…

Comment by Phantomas on 10-20-2011

[QUOTE=F l i c k e r;11316779]Hell yeah, a rematch is a definite must. If that fight isn't stopped right there, Linares wins a wide UD. He wasn't hurt...[/QUOTE] I stopped reading right there :ugh:

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