Lomachenko-Linares Still Possible
Last week the idea of a fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares seemed dead in the water, as both sides seemed to be stuck on what date the two top fighters would face.
While Lomachenko’s promoters Top Rank were pushing for a May 12th face off at Madison Square Garden, Golden Boy Promotions, who represent Linares refused to run that night due to a commitment from HBO to replay the prior week’s Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, but according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael that may not be in the way anymore.
Per a report from Rafael, ESPN is considering an earlier timeslot for a Lomachenko and Linares fight on May 12th, to ensure the fight doesn’t go head to head with the Golden Boy feature on HBO.
Bad Left Hook reported this week that Golden Boy President, Eric Gomez, is the one who reached out to the “worldwide leader in sports” in an attempt to remedy the issue.
Eric Gomez of Golden Boy had this to say:
“We have reached out to executives at ESPN to see if they would be willing to move up the start time for the Linares-Lomachenko card so it doesn’t interfere with the HBO telecast, and they told us they are considering it. We’re doing our part so that we can try to make this fight. We know it’s a big fight and we want to give the fans the fights that they want. So let’s have a really great fight and a great day of boxing on the two biggest platforms for boxing, which is ESPN and HBO. ESPN loves the idea and said they’re considering it, so we are hopeful we can work it out.”
With the date being the only logistical hitch seemingly resolved, the fight may only be two signatures away.