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Points win looks on the cards for Linares.

LINARES v GESTA BoxNation, 2.30am By Dan Williams BRIT basher Jorge Linares is a red-hot favourite to retain his world lightweight title against Mercito Gesta, and the only conundrum for punters seems to be whether or not the judges will be needed.

Linares is hoping to make it six successful title defences in a row, and has fended off challenges from Kevin Mitchell, Anthony Crolla (twice) and most recently Luke Campbell.

Campbell gave him the biggest scare - Hull's Olympic golden boy recovered well from an early knock down and was only denied by a split-decision - but Linares remains a class Champion Jorge Linares act and should be too good for Gesta.

Linares is no better than 1-25 to win the fight but it's evenmoney your choice whether it's by knockout or on points.

Gesta has not been stopped in 32 fights and has been operating at a decent level while Linares has a 59 per cent KO ratio, so this one could go the distance.

Recommendation J Linares to win on points 1pt Evs Betway, Sky Bet, 188Bet

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2018
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