Linares Near End Of His Golden Boy Deal
Jorge Linares returns to action on January 18th against Pablo Cano at the Theater In Madison Square Garden, and feels in the best condition of his career.
With that being said, Linares hopes with a win next week against Cano that a rematch against Vasyl Lomachenko or a fight against Jose Ramirez will lead to his fourth world championship.
Speaking with ESPN Deportes, Linares admitted that he is near free agency, as his deal with Golden Boy Promotions is near its end, and is putting any negotiations on the back burner to focus on the challenge presented by Cano.
“The most important thing is to stay focused on this fight, the contract [with Golden Boy] expires soon, I have this great challenge on the 18th and you have to keep thinking about that and not about what’s coming up. This victory is going to be the main door for something big in a new division, a new challenge, be it with anyone, Golden Boy or another promoter, the important thing is to give the best in this new division and a new fight and see what is going to be put on the table,” Linares said.
Linares would only return to 135 pounds if he earned a rematch against Lomachenko, and if there was a title fight at 140 pounds, the Venezuelan feels Jose Ramirez could be next.
“I would like the second fight with Lomachenko because I know I can beat him, I did what no other fighter could (knock him down), and only for that fight would I go to 135 pounds,” said Jorge.
“(José) Ramírez, I know him well because we have worked together and he has not changed much in the ring, but the most important thing is to focus on this fight and after that Ramírez would be closer and then we would look for one opponent.”
Initial Report ESPN Deportes