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Oct 21, 2023 19:20 pm
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Former three-time world champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela is pinning his hope on his challenge to a world title as he will face Britain’s Jack Catterall for the latter’s World Boxing Association Intercontinental super lightweight title on Oct. 21 (22 Japan time) in Britain.
The scheduled 12-rounder, to be held at M&S Bank Arena, formerly known as Echo Arena, in Liverpool, will be the 38-year-old Linares’ first bout in 10 months.
Linares, who has been fighting out of Teiken Boxing Gym in Tokyo since 2002, has lost in his last three bouts and is said to have trained hard both in Miami and Last Vegas by sitting at the feet of the United States-based Cuban trainer Ismael Salas.
While Linares is regarded as a big underdog against highly touted Catterall, he brushed it aside as he aims at another world title challenge.
Linares, nicknamed El Nino de Oro (the Golden Boy) a la Oscar De La Hoya, was a former world featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight champion. He has a record of 47 wins, including 29 knockouts, against eight losses. For his part, the left-handed Catterall, 30, has a 27-1 win-loss record with 13 KOs.
The fight will be televised live by DAZN over-the-top sports streaming service.