Jack Catterall vs. Jorge Linares full card results as ‘El Gato’ claims UD over former three-weight champ

M&S BANK ARENA, LIVERPOOL — Jack Catterall boxed to a comfortable unanimous decision win over former three-weight world champion Jorge Linares to keep his quest for major honours at super lightweight on track.

Catterall (28-1, 13 KOs) was given the verdict by 117-111 on one scorecard and 116-112, which felt a touch close, on the other two.

The 38-year-old Linares (48-9, 29 KOs) was back in the UK, hoping to recapture the magic of his unforgettable wins over Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla. 

In truth, little of the old sparkle remained, even if the affable Venezuelan’s ring smarts kept him out of trouble aside from when Catterall wobbled him badly towards the end of round five.

WBC champion Regis Prograis takes on Devin Haney in a 140 lbs blockbuster in December and Catterall remains keen on a rematch with former undisputed champion Josh Taylor, who was granted a deeply controversial split decision win in their February 2022 contest.

A fight against Taylor or the winner of Prograis vs. Haney might have to wait until Catterall produces something more eye-catching after a night where he did little wrong but little to quicken the pulse.

Linares bolted into the ring fired up and removed his robe to reveal a Liverpool home shirt – an arguably bold move on Merseyside derby day. He was unable to back up this statement of intent as Catterall got to work banking rounds behind his southpaw jab.

The veteran held his shape, largely avoided sustained punishment and got off punches without landing anything significant. The sad sum of those facts is he still looks enough of the part to get more work like this in the away corner, more punishment that a once great champion need not take.

His previous memorable nights in Britain afforded Linares generous applause when he sporadically got things to work, such as a solid right that Caterall ducked into in round five. The response was combination punching that the visitor could not match.

With 25 seconds left in the round, Catterall timed a crisp left to the jaw and Linares retreated to the ropes on spaghetti legs. He saw out the round and his corner were quick to apply ice to his swollen features.

Catterall boxed with respect for what Linares might dredge up from his muscle memory when a little more spite was in order. That arrived in the closing moments of round seven when the 30-year-old was stung into action by a Linares jab and answered back with a meaty one-two.

Linares was busier in the eighth but found himself timed with a counter as he loaded up on a big right, and the session concluded with Catterall again putting his foot down. 

He continued to punch with the greater authority until the final bell, which Linares battled proudly to hear. There should be no need for a wonderful boxer to respond to that chime again as Catterall gets on with the task of plotting a path onward and upwards. His hope is for that road to lead to Taylor sooner rather than later.

On the undercard, Reece Bellotti (17-5, 14 KOs) became a two-weight Commonwealth champion, stopping Aqib Fiaz (12-1, 1 KO), Catterall’s stablemate under trainer Jamie Moore, to claim the vacant super featherweight strap.

Former Team GB amateur standout Peter McGrail moved to 8-0 (5 KOs) with a slick and composed unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Colombia Fran Mendoza (17-1, 7 KOs).

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Jack Catterall vs Jorge Linares full card results

  • Jack Catterall def. Jorge Linares (UD 12); super lightweights
  • Reece Bellotti def. Aqib Fiaz (TKO 8) to win the vacant Commonwealth super featherweight title
  • Peter McGrail def. Fran Mendoza (UD 10); super bantamweights
  • Khaleel Majid def. Tom Farrell (TKO 6/8); super lightweights
  • Campbell Hatton def. Jamie Sampson (DQ 8); super lightweights
  • Paddy Lacey def. Owen Kirk (KO 1); middleweights
  • Muhammad Mustafa Ali def. Giulio Commerso (PTS 6); super bantamweights
  • William Crolla def. Martin Shaw (TKO 1); super welterweights
  • Jack Turner def. Adam Yahaya (KO 1); bantamweights

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