Loma-Linares Talks Continue To Stall

The impasse between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions has continued over the proposed fight between Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Per Boxing Scene, both sides are still battling over the date and network the fight will air on, as Lomachenko has a locked in date of Ma 12th at Madison Square Garden with ESPN, and Golden Boy refuses to have a fight on that date due to the HBO replay of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin’s  rematch.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Bob Arum,  Lomachenko’s promoter said that,  “there’s no hurry but obviously Lomachenko’s fighting at Madison Square Garden on May 12th and we’ll have an opponent in due time. He’s coming back to the United States in a week and we’ll take it from there but definitely we’re going May 12th.”

Arum would add that, “Linares has sent Golden Boy letters threatening a lawsuit. Maybe it can be resolved, maybe it can’t be resolved. I don’t want to abandon Linares in mid-stream until we realize it can’t get done.”

Eric Gomez, the President of Golden Boy promotions, Linares’ promoter categorically denied these allegations.

”It’s clear that Bob is desperate to get Lomachenko a real opponent but instead of playing games he should pick up the phone and call me and actually represent his fighter like a real promoter,” Gomez responded.

”For the record we have not received a letter.”

Gomez also mentioned that Arum needs to be more malleable to not only working with Golden Boy, but with Arum’s rival, Peter Nelson and HBO.  – “May 12th is not going to happen. We told Arum – and we made it very clear – if he wants to do it on HBO, no problem. HBO’s willing to buy the fight. If he wants to do it on ESPN it has to be another date.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene


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