Tuesday 25 April 2017
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Jorge Linares eyeing WBC/WBO lightweight unification fight with Terry Flanagan

Flanagan Linares

By Jordan Stoddart

WBC lightweight world champion Jorge Linares has opened the door to a unification fight with current WBO ruler Terry Flanagan. Linares (40(27)-3) has enjoyed an excellent 2015 with a fine stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell back in June followed up by another early win over Ivan Cano – both wins following on from his vacant WBC title win over Javier Prieto at the end of last year. Whilst Linares has impressively resurrected his stalling career to climb to the top of the 135 lb tree, the unbeaten Flanagan (29(12)-0) has crept up behind the Venezuelan with stunning, successive 2nd round KO wins over Jose Zepeda and Diego Magdaleno to cement himself as legitimate threat in a talent packed lightweight arena.

Linares has now stated that he is looking to unify the titles with Flanagan next, but is also open to a sequel with fellow Brit Mitchell. “I would like that fight. Flanagan is a great fighter but I will fight anyone,” Linares told BoxingScene. “I want unifications. I am looking for big fights on HBO or Showtime. If Mitchell keeps asking for a rematch I will give it to him. It isn’t on the top of my list but if he wants it, why not? I will give it to him,” he added. Mitchell fights Ismael Barroso for the interim WBA crown on a stacked December 12th Matchroom bill, whilst Flanagan faces off with Derry Matthews in a red-hot UK derby on February 13th.

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