JORGE LINARES defends his WBC world lightweight title in his native Venezuela on Saturday night [October 10] against tough but limited Mexican Ivan Cano.
Some fight fans (particularly in the UK) were hoping Linares would grant London’s Kevin Mitchell a rematch after their frenetic encounter in May. Mitchell floored the champion in the fifth before Jorge tore open the Brit’s face and stopped him in the 10th stanza.
Instead, Linares take part in a homecoming showcase at El Poliedro in Caracas – his first fight in Venezuela for five years. Now living in Tokyo, former world feather and super-featherweight champion Linares predominantly fights in Japan or America.