Fights Set For Jorge Linares-Javier Fortuna Golden Boy Card

With just a few weeks until Golden Boy’s second card since returning to action, the promotion is ready to put on a show.

Oscar De La Hoya announced the full undercard for its August 28 card. The event will be inside the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. Main eventing will be Jorge Linares v. Javier Fortuna.

Linares last fought in February, knocking out Carlos Morales for his 29th win via some form of knockout. “The Golden Boy” won the WBC Featherweight Title from Oscar Larios in 2007 and the WBC Lightweight Title in 2014 against Javier Prieto. During that time he became WBA and The Ring Lightweight Champion, defending those belts three times before losing it to Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2018.

Fortuna (35-2-1) is on a two-fight win streak and is 2-1 with one no-contest in his last four fights. A former WBA Super-Featherweight Champion, the 30-year-old lost to Robert Easter Jr. to start 2018 before falling out of the ring against Adrian Granados later that year. He rebounded with wins over Al Toyogon and Carlos Morales, the last win coming in February.

The co-main event will be Rashidi Ellis v. Brad Solomon for the former’s WBA Continental Americas Welterweight Title.

“Rashidi Ellis is a big problem for everyone at 147 pounds,” said Oscar De La Hoya, via Boxing Scene. “He may very well have the quickest hands in boxing, and he’s eager to fight the very best in the division. We’re proud to have him lead our explosive undercard for August 28, which features some of the best contenders in any division, including the hard-hitting Bektemir Melikuziev and rising welterweight Alexis Rocha.”

Ellis (22-0) made his professional debut in 2013. He beat Eddie Gomez back in November for the WBA Continental Americas Welterweight Title. With 14 wins via knockout, the 27-year-old believes he is ready for a shot at a world title.

Solomon (28-3) turned professional in 2008. The 37-year-old has won international welterweight gold before and has won the WBA Fedebol Super-Welterweight Title. “King” Solomon is 2-2 in his last four fights and is currently on a two-fight losing streak. He lost his last bout in February to Alexis Rocha via unanimous decision.

“I want to tip my hat off to Golden Boy for bringing me back on one of their shows,” said Solomon. “I will fight a good prospect, an up-and-coming fighter. But that’s what I’ve always wanted, the top, up-and-coming fighters. In this fight, I’m going to prove myself. I’m going to show the sport of boxing that I’m back. I’m going to put my career back on top where it’s supposed to be.”

Other fights on the card include: 

  • Bektemir Melikuziev (5-0) v. Alan Campa (17-5)
  • Alexis Rocha (16-0) v. Jameson Bacon (23-4)
  • Lamont Roach (19-1-1v. Neil Tabano (17-7)
  • Marlen Esparza (7-1) v. Jacky Calvo (12-5-1)
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