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Jorge Linares
Venezuelan boxer

Jorge Linares

Jorge Linares
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Intro Venezuelan boxer
Is Athlete Boxer
From Venezuela
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 22 August 1985, Barinas, Barinas Municipality
Age 38 years
Star sign Leo
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Jorge Luis Linares Palencia (born August 22, 1985), best known as Jorge Linares, is a Venezuelan professional boxer who has held the WBA and Ring magazine lightweight titles since 2016. He is a four-time world champion in three weight classes, having previously held the WBC featherweight title from 2007 to 2008; the WBA super featherweight title from 2008 to 2009; and the WBC lightweight title from 2014 to 2016. As of May 2017, he is ranked as the world's best lightweight by The Ring and BoxRec, and second by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

Professional career

Early career

Linares made his professional boxing debut managed by the Teiken Boxing Gym in December 2002. He was trained by Sendai Tanaka there, and Antonio Esparragoza who was trained by Tanaka's master Amílcar Bursa gave Linares the nickname of El Niño de Oro.

Linares made his debut at the age of 17 at featherweight. The fight took place at at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan on December 15, 2002. He knocked out Kyong-Soo Chung in the first round of their scheduled four round fight. His next fight took place in February 2003, a six round bout against Chawal Sor Vorapin at the famous Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The fight aired on NTV G+ in Japan. Vorapin was dropped in round 1 and Linares was down in round 2 as the fight went to the scorecards. Linares won a unanimous decision (59-54 58-54 58-54). In his next five fights, Linares floated between super bantamweight and featherweight and remained undefeated, winning three via stoppages.

On January 31, 2004 Linares, at the age of 19 fought for his first title, against 36 year old veteran and multiple weight world champion Hugo Rafael Soto (55-9-2, 38 KOs) in his home country of Venezuela at the El Poliedro in Caracas. Linares won the vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title after winning a unanimous decision with scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. Soto retired after this fight. In his tenth professional fight in August 2004, he won the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight title after defeating Renan Acosta (13-1, 5 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The fight went 10 rounds with the scores of 98-95 98-96 97-95 all in favor of Linares.

Following a string of four wins, all via stoppage, Linares challenged 30 year old Jean Javier Sotelo (13-2, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedecentro featherweight title. The fight took place at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires on May 6, 2005. Linares was knocked down for the first time in his career in round 2. He beat the count and knocked Sotelo down twice in round 2 forcing a stoppage win. Linares spent the next year fighting in Venezuela, Japan and South Korea.


Linares vs. Larios

On July 21, 2007, Linares fought on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Ronald Wright at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Nevada. It was the first time in his career that he would fight in the United States since turning professional. He fought former WBC super bantamweight champion Óscar Larios (59-5-1, 37 KOs) for the vacant WBC featherweight title. Linares dominated the action with his jab combinations and power punches which consequently backed up Larios, although he remained competitive. Larios did not try to counter anything thrown his way. In the tenth round, a flurry of power punches from Linares sent Larios to the canvas. Larios beat the count, but referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight giving Linares the win via technical knockout. At the time stoppage, Linares was ahead on two of the judges scorecards 87-84 and 89-82 whilst the third judge had Larios ahead by one point 86-85.

Linares vs. Diaz

Linares made the first defense of his world title against former NABF featherweight champion Gamaliel Diaz (22-6-2, 9 KOs) on December 15, 2007 at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico. Linares floored Diaz with a counter right hand in round eight, winning the bout via KO. Diaz was also knocked down in round four following a right uppercut. At the time of stoppage, Linares was ahead on two of the judges scorecards 68-64 and 67-65, whilst the third judge had it even at 66-66.

Linares relinquished the title on August 13, 2008, in order to move up to super featherweight. Another reason for vacating the title was that he needing more time to recover from injuries. Óscar Larios was elevated from Interim to full championship status.

Super featherweight

Linares vs. Garcia

Eleven months after his last fight, Linares challenged 27 year old Whyber Garcia (20-5, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA super featherweight title. The fight took place on November 28, 2008 at the Centro de Convenciones Atlapa in Panama City. Linares won the fight and claimed the vacant WBA title via fifth round technical knockout.

Linares vs. Perez

On June 27, 2009 Linares made his first defense against former Mexico lightweight champion Josafat Perez (12-1, 7 KOs), who was moving down in weight, in Mexico. Linares retained the title following an over right to the head of Perez which floored him. Perez beat the count and carried on with unsteady legs. The fight went on. Following some fast combinations from Linares, Perez stumbled backwards and referee Luis Pabon intervened to stop the fight. The time of stoppage was 1 minute 40 seconds into round 8.

Linares signed a contract with the Golden Boy Promotions in September 2009 whilst still remaining Teiken Promotions.

Linares vs. Salgado

On October 10, 2009 Linares traveled back to Japan to make a second defense at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium in Tokyo against unbeaten 24 year old Mexican boxer Juan Carlos Salgado (20-0-1, 14 KOs). Linares lost his WBA super featherweight title and his unbeaten streak after being knocked out in round one. Salgado came forward aggressively at the opening bell and knocked Linares down with a powerful left hook. Linares got back up, only to be attacked straight away with a barrage of left and right jabs to the head and body flooring him again, prompting the stoppage. The defeat was named Ring Magazine's 2009 Upset of the Year.

Linares took five months out before returning to Venezuela defeating 38 year old former interim WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Lorenzo in a scheduled 10 round bout via majority decision. The judges scored the fight 97-93, 97-94 and 95-95.


Linares vs. Juarez

In his second professional fight in the United States on July 31, 2010, Linares fought on the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II pay-per-view undercard at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and comfortably defeated Mexican-American boxer, five time world title challenger Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision. Linares scored a knockdown in round five. Judge Al Lefkowitz scored the fight 97-92, Dave Moretti and Richard Ocasio both scored the fight 99-90 in favor of Linares. Linares claimed the interim WBA Fedelatin lightweight title.

Linares defeated Mexico's Adrian Verdugo by a technical knockout in the seventh round of a ten-round lightweight bout in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, on May 28, 2011. After that fight, Linares has trained with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, along with the U.S. Olympic boxing team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner in Baguio in the Philippines.

Linares vs. DeMarco

Linares fought for the vacant WBC lightweight title against Antonio DeMarco at the Staples Center on October 15, 2011. He outlanded DeMarco 216 to 97 in overall punches landed, but lost by TKO after suffering a major cut on his nose eventually allowing DeMarco to begin pounding on it, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the eleventh round. In addition to his own wish, Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions appealed to the WBC for a rematch.

A rematch with Antonio DeMarco had been scheduled ahead of time to take place at the Home Depot Center on July 7. However, Linares lost to Sergio Thompson in a WBC Lightweight title eliminator via a second round stoppage in Cancun, Mexico on March 31, 2012.

Linares faced Jorge Francisco Contreras on 10 November 2013, sensationally knocking out Contreras in the first round.

Linares vs. Arakawa

Following four consecutive wins, Linares was lined up to fight former Japanese lightweight champion Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) in a WBC lightweight title eliminator. The fight took place on the undercard of Saul Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 8, 2014. In the early rounds, Linares used his head and foot movement along with his superior boxing skills. The fight was full of back and forth action throughout, with a accidental clash of heads which opened up a cut to Linares' left eye. The fight went the 10 round distance as judges Tim Cheatham and Bill Lerch scored the fight a shutout 100-90 in favour of Linares. Judge Richard Houck scored the bout 98-92 for Linares.

Linares fought on the Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook undercard at the StubHub Center in Carson, California in a stay busy fight on August 16 against journeyman Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs). Linares won via a 2nd round knockout. The end came when Linares hit Terry with a left hook, which staggered him, followed by a right hand to the cheekbone. Without counting, the referee waived the fight off.

Linares vs. Prieto

On November 10, 2014 the WBC ordered Linares to fight their Silver lightweight champion and contender Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBC lightweight title. The winner would then need to fight Omar Figueroa Jr., who was granted Interim status and named 'Champion in recess' after suffering an injury in his last fight. The bout was scheduled to take on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Tokyo at the Metropolitan Gym. Linares became the youngest Venezuelan to win a world title in three different weight divisions at the age of 29 and only the second from Venezuela after Leo Gamez, who was a four-division world champion, when he knocked Prieto out in four rounds to claim the WBC title in his second attempt. The end came when Linares connected with an overhand right to the side of Prieto's head, knocking him down and out.

Linares vs. Mitchell

British lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KOs) attempted to win a world title in his third attempt when he challenged Linares for his WBC title. The fight took place on May 3, 2015 at the O2 Arena in London live on Sky Box Office PPV. The fight was officially announced on March 19 by Eddie Hearn. He said, "This is a huge night for British boxing, and today's announcement is just the beginning. I'm delighted to deliver shots for Kevin and Lee in the U.K. and they have every chance of becoming world champions on May 30." Other bouts on the card included Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title defence against Frankie Gavin and Lee Selby challenging for his first world title against IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. It was the first time Linares fought in the UK.

Linares was dropped in round five but went on to retain his world title in round 10 via technical knockout. Mitchell was badly cut above the left eye which closed up. Mitchell was dropped in the tenth before the referee stopped the bout. The cut was due to a clash of heads in round four, which also opened a cut on the side of Linares' head. At the time of stoppage, Mitchell was ahead on two of the judges scorecards at  82-88 and 84-86. The third judge had it even at 85-85.

Linares vs. Cano

Linares traveled back to his home country Venzuela for only the fourth time in his 12 year professional career and first time since 2010, to make a voluntary defence against 27 year old Mexican contender Ivan Cano (23-6-2, 15 KOs) at the El Poliedro in Caracas on October 10, 2015. It was also the first time Linares had a world title fight in Venezuela. Linares knocked Cano out in round four to retain his WBC title. Cano was also down in round three of this one sided fight.

Negotiations with Zlatičanin

Linares' next fight was scheduled to be against unbeaten mandatory Dejan Zlatičanin (21-0, 14 KO). Terms where agreed on January 8, 2016 for a fight to take place. This was also the day of the purse bids. A date in April was discussed for the fight. In February, Golden Boy Promotions revealed that Linares would have to withdraw from the fight due to a fracture in his right hand. There was talk that WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman would name Linares as Champion in recess and have Zlatičanin fight next available challenger, 39 year old Italian boxer Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs), where Linares would ahave the option to the fight the winner upon his return. Linares was later stripped of the title. but made aware he had the option to fight for the belt when his hand injury had healed.

Linares vs. Crolla

On June 15, 2016 it was announced on Sky Sports that a deal had been made for Linares to challenge WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) on September 24 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. This was the second time Linares fought in the UK and the first time in Manchester. Linares won the WBA lightweight title and claimed the vacant The Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond title after winning the bout via unanimous decision. Two judges scored it close at 115-114 and 115-113. The third judge had it more wide at 117-111, all in favour of Linares. Linares' unique style, hand speed and power punches seemed to conquer Crolla's tactics of pressure fighting. Immediately after the fight, Linares offered Crolla a chance of a rematch, "I want to tell all the people thank you very much. We gave Manchester a beautiful fight and we can do it again."

On October 6, 2016 WBC ordered negotiations to begin between Linares and WBC titleholder Zlatičanin, which no deadlines in place. A doctors report revealed that Linares had hurt his right hand during the Crolla fight and wouldn't be returning to the ring in the near future. Due to that reason, the WBC allowed Zlatičanin to make a voluntary defence.

Linares vs. Crolla II

Reports in early December suggested a rematch could possibly take place in Manchester on 25 March 2017. The winner of the rematch would then be ordered to fight the winner of the Dejan Zlatičanin vs. Mikey Garcia, due to take place January, which was won by Garcia, in a unification fight. All three titles would be at stake in the rematch, with Eddie Hearn due to make an announcement in 2017. An official announcement was made on 4 January 2017, for the fight take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, a city which Linares said was open to returning to. The WBA, WBC Diamond and The Ring magazine world lightweight titles would be at stake. The fight was televised live on Sky Sports in the UK and on 24 January, Showtime announced they would cover the fight in the United States. Both fighters weighed in at 134.4 pounds.

On fight night, in front of 13,000 fans, Linares dropped Crolla in the seventh round with a left uppercut, and went the distance to win by wider margins (119-109 on all three scorecards) than the first fight. Crolla started off well hitting to body, but Linares quickly capitalized and started connected well to the body and landing combinations of uppercuts. Linares put in a more solid and dominant performance than their first encounter. At the end of round 11, Crolla's trainer Joe Gallagher came into the ring and walked towards referee Howard John Foster, possibly to stop the fight. After Crolla pleaded with him, Gallagher allowed him to go the distance. With the win, Linares retained the WBA, The Ring and WBC Diamond lightweight titles.

In the post-fight interview, he thanked his promoter Oscar De Le Hoya for making the trip and watching him ringside and said his next move would be a big pay day in Las Vegas against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia. Crolla apologized to the live attendance, admitted he lost to the better man and said he would be back to rebuild, "Manchester, I am so sorry I couldn't do it for you. Your support means so much to me. He caught me but before that I thought I could get to him. I got beaten by the better man - no excuses. I am 30 years old, I am going to rest, but I believe I can go again." Both fighters embraced at the final bell and showed respect. Crolla meditated around moving up to super lightweight. This was the first time Crolla had lost consecutive fights and losing to the same opponent twice after his losses to Gary Sykes in 2009 and 2012.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
45 fights 42 wins 3 losses
By knockout 27 3
By decision 15 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 Win 42–3 United Kingdom Anthony Crolla UD 12 Mar 25, 2017 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA and The Ring lightweight titles
44 Win 41–3 United Kingdom Anthony Crolla UD 12 Sep 24, 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won WBA and vacant The Ring lightweight titles
43 Win 40–3 Mexico Ivan Cano KO 4 (12), 0:58 Oct 10, 2015 Venezuela Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela Retained WBC lightweight title
42 Win 39–3 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell TKO 10 (12), 2:57 May 30, 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC lightweight title
41 Win 38–3 Mexico Javier Prieto KO 4 (12), 1:50 Dec 30, 2014 Japan Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant WBC lightweight title
40 Win 37–3 United States Ira Terry KO 2 (8), 1:21 Aug 16, 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.
39 Win 36–3 Japan Nihito Arakawa UD 10 Mar 8, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
38 Win 35–3 Dominican Republic Francisco Contreras TKO 1 (10), 3:08 Nov 10, 2013 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
37 Win 34–3 Nicaragua Berman Sanchez TKO 3 (10), 1:09 Aug 25, 2013 Japan Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan
36 Win 33–3 United States David Rodela TKO 8 (10), 2:51 Mar 16, 2013 Mexico Grand Oasis, Cancún, Mexico
35 Win 32–3 Mexico Héctor Velázquez UD 10 Oct 7, 2012 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
34 Loss 31–3 Mexico Sergio Thompson TKO 2 (12), 2:27 Mar 31, 2012 Mexico Grand Oasis, Cancún, Mexico
33 Loss 31–2 Mexico Antonio DeMarco TKO 11 (12), 2:32 Oct 15, 2011 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For vacant WBC lightweight title
32 Win 31–1 Mexico Adrian Verdugo TKO 7 (10), 1:49 May 28, 2011 Mexico Mazatlan International Center, Mazatlán, Mexico
31 Win 30–1 Mexico Jesús Chávez RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Oct 24, 2010 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
30 Win 29–1 United States Rocky Juarez UD 10 Jul 31, 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA Fedelatin interim lightweight title
29 Win 28–1 Dominican Republic Francisco Lorenzo MD 10 Mar 27, 2010 Venezuela Polideportivo José María Vargas, La Guaira, Venezuela
28 Loss 27–1 Mexico Juan Carlos Salgado TKO 1 (12), 1:13 Oct 10, 2009 Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Lost WBA super featherweight title
27 Win 27–0 Mexico Josafat Perez TKO 8 (12), 1:40 Jun 27, 2009 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico Retained WBA super featherweight title
26 Win 26–0 Panama Whyber Garcia TKO 5 (12), 1:08 Nov 28, 2008 Panama Atlapa Convention Centre, Panama City, Panama Won vacant WBA super featherweight title
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Gamaliel Díaz KO 8 (12), 2:02 Dec 15, 2007 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico Retained WBC featherweight title
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Óscar Larios TKO 10 (12), 2:37 Jul 21, 2007 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC featherweight title
23 Win 23–0 Panama Ramiro Lara TKO 3 (10), 1:37 Feb 3, 2007 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
22 Win 22–0 Colombia Humberto Martinez TKO 6 (10), 2:34 Oct 7, 2006 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Pedro Navarrete UD 10 Jun 3, 2006 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
20 Win 20–0 Thailand Saohin Srithai Condo UD 10 Apr 1, 2006 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
19 Win 19–0 Philippines Jeffrey Onate KO 1 (10), 1:59 Jan 7, 2006 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
18 Win 18–0 Thailand Denchai Sor Tiebkoon TKO 1 (10), 2:30 Nov 3, 2005 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
17 Win 17–0 Philippines Ayon Naranjo UD 6 Sep 25, 2005 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan
16 Win 16–0 Colombia Jesus Perez RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Aug 13, 2005 Venezuela Circulo Militar, Maracay, Venezuela
15 Win 15–0 Colombia Jean Javier Sotelo TKO 2 (10), 1:56 May 26, 2005 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won vacant WBA Fedecentro featherweight title
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Luis Perez Vicente KO 4 (6), 1:49 Apr 16, 2005 Japan Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
13 Win 13–0 Philippines Melvin Ayudtud KO 1 (10), 2:07 Feb 5, 2005 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
12 Win 12–0 Colombia Rafael Castillo TKO 4 (8), 2:16 Dec 3, 2004 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
11 Win 11–0 South Korea Sung-Hoon Park KO 1 (10), 2:42 Oct 2, 2004 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
10 Win 10–0 Panama Renan Acosta UD 10 Aug 7, 2004 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight title
9 Win 9–0 Philippines Michael Domingo UD 10 May 1, 2004 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
8 Win 8–0 Argentina Hugo Rafael Soto UD 10 Jan 31, 2004 Venezuela Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela Won vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title
7 Win 7–0 Philippines Pederito Laurente UD 10 Oct 18, 2003 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
6 Win 6–0 South Korea Jung-Keun Woo KO 2 (8), 2:12 Sep 20, 2003 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
5 Win 5–0 Japan Thunder Ito TKO 3 (10), 2:44 Jul 12, 2003 Japan Pacifico, Yokohama, Japan
4 Win 4–0 Philippines Ariel Austria UD 8 Apr 19, 2003 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
3 Win 3–0 Thailand Singdam Monsaichon KO 3 (8), 1:02 Mar 15, 2003 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
2 Win 2–0 Thailand Chawal Sor Vorapin UD 6 Feb 15, 2003 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1 Win 1–0 South Korea Kyong-Soo Chung KO 1 (6), 0:45 Dec 15, 2002 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan Professional debut
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