DeMarco bloodies Linares, wins WBC light belt

Mexican southpaw Antonio DeMarco stopped Venezuela’s Jorge

Linares in the 11th round of a bloody bout, surging late to claim

the WBC lightweight title Saturday.

DeMarco lost most of the early rounds, but opened a cut on the

bridge of Linares’ nose.

The Mexican gained strength during a one-sided 11th round, which

was finally stopped with 28 seconds left, giving him back the belt

he lost to Edwin Valero last year.

Danny Garcia also defeated American compatriot Kendall Holt to

remain unbeaten with a split-decision victory in the WBO’s

Inter-Continental light welterwight decider on the undercard of the

Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson light heavyweight title fight at

Staples Center.