October 10, 2009- Mexico's undefeated, yet unheralded Juan Carlos Salgado shocked the boxing establishment on Saturday by dethroning Venezuelan power house Jorge Linares on Saturday night at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium in Tokyo Japan.
Linares, co-promoted by Tekken and Golden Boy Promotions entered the fight as a prohibitive 13-1 favorite, that all changed seventy seconds later into his second division reign after fifty seconds into the fight, with a few jabs thrown by Linares, Salgado would thrown in a jab and a sharp straight right hand sending Linares on the seat of his pants.
Clearly stunned and trying to shake the cobwebs after getting up, Salgado jumped in full forced, pinning Linares against the ropes, clobbering him down to the canvas, with referee Luis Pabon quickly stopping the battering at 1:13 into the first round.
A still dazed Linares would be attended to in his corner as Salgado celebrated with his team with his WBA Super Featherweight belt at hand in front of a shocked Japanese crowd who had taken Linares in for the past few years as one of his own.
With the win, Linares dropped to 27-1, 18KOs) while Salgado remained undefeated at 21-0-1 with 15KOs.