Michael Rosenthal

Linares wins, Guevara settles for draw in Mazatlan

Lightweight contender Jorge Linares stopped Adrian Verdugo in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-round fight Saturday in Mazatlan Mexico.

Linares (31-1, 20 knockouts) has won four consecutive fights since he was stopped in one round by Juan Carlos Salgado in 2009.

The Venezuelan in a former two-division titleholder.

Verdugo (18-5-1, 15 KOs) was a late replacement.

In the main event, Mexican prospect Pedro Guevara (14-0-1, 10 KOs) fought to a split-decision draw with Mario Rodriguez (10-6-4, 7 KOs) in a 12-round junior flyweight fight.

Each fighter led on one card and third judge scored it a draw.

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