Loma-Linares Negotiations Halted
A conflict in contract negotiations for a potential fight between WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares and WBO Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko has put hopes for the bout in jeopardy.
As reported by ESPN, the two sides were easily able to handle the money side of things — Linares’ side would get $1.2 million, with the champion getting $1 million. But despite that, and the fact both fighters want the bout, everything in the negotiations seems to have collapsed over the proposed day of the fight.
Top Rank and its president, Todd duBoef, who promote Lomachenko, called for the bout to take place on a May 12 ESPN card. However, Golden Boy Promotions, who promote Linares, will not accept that date because of an HBO card that night featuring the probable first title defense for WBO Super Middleweight Champion Sadam Ali, as well as the replay of the heavily anticipated Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch.
Top Rank said April 28 was also considered, but Linares would still be under medical suspension at that time, and there is also an HBO card on that night — one that will heavily promote the following week’s GGG-Canelo II.
Golden Boy states they would be willing to do the fight any other time — just not May 12. However, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum says it will not wait for Linares and that Lomachenko will fight on ESPN on May 12, regardless of opponent.
Linares took to Twitter to call out Lomachenko, stating that politics should not get in the way of this fight happening. Based on their interaction, it seems they want this fight pretty bad.
— #TheKingJorge 👑 (@JorgeLinares) January 31, 2018
— Hi-Tech Lomachenko (@VasylLomachenko) February 1, 2018
— #TheKingJorge 👑 (@JorgeLinares) February 1, 2018
@VasylLomachenko I know you are ready for May 12. Also I am too. I don’t want politics to interfere with our bout. I will tell my promoter @GoldenBoyBoxing no matter what will take the fight for the benefit of boxing and the fans. #teamlinares
— #TheKingJorge 👑 (@JorgeLinares) February 15, 2018
@VasylLomachenko you want May 12th then let’s go HBO you want ESPN then any other date Lets do it. I am ready are you ready?
— #TheKingJorge 👑 (@JorgeLinares) February 16, 2018
Original Story: ESPN