By Ryan Maquiñana
Former two-weight world titleholder Jorge Linares (32-3, 20 KOs) reflected on his unanimous decision win over Hector Velazquez (52-18-3, 35 KOs) in Sacramento last Saturday.
“We were training for a fighter with a complicated style, and that made it hard to knock him out,” Linares told BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com. “I hit him with enough shots. I hit him with the right hand, but he didn’t go down, so we reverted to boxing him for 10 rounds.”
Velazquez constantly pressured Linares, but the Venezuelan's accuracy and combinations allowed him to amass an insurmountable lead on the cards despite spending the majority of the bout with his back on the ropes.
“In the fifth and sixth rounds, I was a little tight, but after that I settled down and loosened up…out of 1 to 100, I gave myself an 80,” Linares said.
With the win, Linares broke a two-bout losing streak where he was stopped by Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson.
“Today we were working on our defense,” he added. “We had an opponent with a complicated style who could take all our punches well, but eventually we dominated him.”
Linares then revealed his plans for the immediate future.
“We’re thinking of coming back in December, and if not then definitely in 2013,” he said. “I would like the rematch with DeMarco, but we’ll see what presents itself. If it’s another world title shot against someone else, whoever wants to fight, I’ll be open to it.”
Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.