Ex-Champ Jorge Linares, Hot and Cold Lord of The Rings
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Former World Boxing Council World Featherweight, World Boxing Association World Super Featherweight, and World Boxing Council World Lightweight champion Jorge Linares is truly the hot and cold ‘lord of the rings’ today.
Linares, age 34, 46-5 with 28 knockouts, Tokyo, Japan by way of Barinas, Venezuela, is a former stablemate of Edwin Valero. Linares has been inconsistent during his 17-year professional career, getting stopped by Juan Carlos Salgado, Sergio Thompson, and Pablo Cesar Cano in either the first or second round, while beating some of the best fighters out there in different divisions at different times. Linares put up brilliant but losing efforts against Vasily Lomachenko (TKO by 10) and Antonio DeMarco (TKO by 11), and is now fighting in the 140-pound division where he lost to Lomachenko.
On September 7, 2019, eight months after the disastrous loss to Cano, Linares won a unanimous 10 round decision over 10-5-1 Filipino Al Toyogon at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, winning every round. Linares had to work hard for the win against the durable Toyogon, who tried hard and went the distance, but who only won one round on two of the judges’ scorecards. Linares wants a rematch with Lomachenko. While Linares strangely fought his way back into the 140 pound worldwide top ten with this ten-round win, Linares might have a better chance gaining a bout with Victor Postol, Jose Carlos Ramirez, or the winner of Josh Taylor versus Regis Prograis. Lomachenko as a big draw superstar is more likely to go after bigger name bigger money paydays like Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford at 147 pounds.