Linares relieves Crolla of WBA lightweight belt

Jorge Linares of Venezuela celebrates after beating Anthony Crolla of Britain in the WBA lightweight title bout at Manchester Arena, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Linares relieved Crolla of the WBA lightweight belt by unanimous decision in Manchester Arena on Saturday. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Jorge Linares defeated Anthony Crolla by unanimous decision at Manchester Arena on Saturday to take the WBA lightweight belt.

Linares, the Tokyo-based Venezuelan, hurt a knuckle in his right hand in the sixth round but wasn't being hurt by Crolla, and finished stronger to earn his fourth world title.

It was the same right hand which Linares hurt previously, and which forced him to give up the WBC belt after his second defense almost a year ago.