Japan-based former triple champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela of Teiken Boxing Gym, now in Las Vegas, Nevada, in preparation for his challenge against the undefeated World Boxing Council lightweight champion Devin Haney of the U.S. for the latter’s title on May 29 (May 30 Japan time) at Michelob Ultra Arena, formerly known as Mandalay Bay Events Center, said on May 26 local time he is in a tip-top condition as he is already below the lightweight weight limit of 135 pounds (61.23 kgs), according to the Teiken gym.
Entering the arena, the 35-year-old Linares said, ‘’I am really happy that I was able to return to Mandalay Bay (Michelob Ultra Arena) where I first captured a world title (by stopping Oscar Larios of Mexico on July 21, 2007 for the vacant WBC featherweight crown). I have a just bit more for the title match. I will do my best. Japanese fans out there, thank you very much for your constant support for me, ‘’ the gym quoted Linares as saying.
A press conference is expected on May 27 with official weigh-inns slated for May 28 (both local time).
Linares, who made his professional debut in Japan in 2002, has a record of 47 wins, including 29 knockouts, against five losses. He is currently ranked third in the division by the WBC. He had won the titles of WBC featherweight, World Boxing Association super featherweight, WBC lightweight and WBA lightweight.
As for the 22-year-old Haney, it will be his third defense of the title he captured in 2019. He has 25 straight wins, including 15 KOs.
Linares (L with his brother and trainer Carlos) Photo by TEIKEN Promotions