De La Hoya Waiting For Arum On Loma-Linares

After his victory over Mercito Gesta on Saturday, Jorge Linares called out not only WBC lightweight title Mikey Garcia, but  WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

Linares, who holds the WBC Diamond title, is the mandatory challenger to Garcia’s belt.

Garcia last fought in the junior welterweight division in July of last year, when he soundly defeated Adrien Broner. Garcia will fight in that weight class again on March 10th, when he challenges Sergey Lipinets for the IBF championship.

After his fight with Lipinets, there will be a limited amount of time for Garcia to make a decision on whether or not he intends to remain at 140 or plans to return to 135 for his mandatory fight with Linares.

Lomachenko, looking for his third world title, is moving up to the lightweight division on a date in April.

In an interview with Boxing Scene last week, Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum said he’s very willing to make a Lomachenko vs. Linares contest.

“I think Linares is a tremendous fighter. He has a great resume, he’s a lightweight champion that has had a number of defenses,” Arum told

“Lomachenko has been tremendous at 126, 130 and now he’s going up to 135 and hopefully from my standpoint he’s as brilliant at 135 as he was in the lower weight classes. But who really knows until we see him?”

Linares’ promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, is waiting by the phone and ready to make the fight.

“We’re ready, we are ready. Lomachenko vs. Linares is the fight to make, so we must make it. For 2018, our goal is to always make the best fights and that’s actually one of them – out of many, so Bob Arum – give me call,” De La Hoya said.

While the promoters are ready to deal, the TV contracts may stand in the way.

Arum’s company has an exclusive deal with ESPN, while De La Hoya’s top names are exclusively fighting on HBO.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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