Jorge Linares move up in weight, fights September 29th
Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (44-4, 27 KOs), the former WBA lightweight world champion will return to the ring in a new division as he faces Abner “Pin” Cotto (23-3, 12KOs) in a 12-round, 140-pound battle that promises fireworks. The clash will be the main event of the Sept. 29 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The action will be streamed live on Facebook Watch in the U.S. and globally on the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
Linares, a 32-year-old Venezuelan, will make his highly anticipated return after his spectacular battle against Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko in May. In a fight of the year contender, Linares dropped Lomachenko before getting knocked out via a bodyshot late in the fight. Linares is now poised to try his hand at a new weight class.
“I am coming back hungrier than ever to demonstrate to the world that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world,” said Jorge Linares.
“I want those big fights and the world has not seen the best of me. With my new trainer and my team, we will demonstrate that I am more than capable in taking over this new super lightweight division against a notable opponent in Abner Cotto. This September 29, fans will see a determined Jorge Linares.”
Cotto is a respectable fighter, but also a fighter who on paper doesn’t seem to be the caliber of Jorge Linares. Cotto has been on a five-win streak since his devastating loss against Javier Fortuna and will be looking to reestablish himself as a worthy contender with a victory against Linares in the super lightweight division.
“I’m immensely grateful to my team and my promoters for bringing my career back to the highest. This is a sport where I have fallen, but with the support of my family, my people and the commitment of my team, I have returned with much more desire to achieve the goal I have always dreamed of since I was 10 years old, which is to challenge for a world title. My promoter has placed all its trust in me, and I will work tirelessly to achieve the goals set. Thanks to all who made this great fight possible. Expect one full of emotion.” said Abner Cotto.
“…it’s perfect that he’s joining an illustrious list of headliners for this new Facebook partnership. Linares is a world-class fighter who has never been in a boring fight, and I know Abner Cotto will deliver a tough challenge in as he showcases his Puerto Rican boxing pedigree and relentless heart in the ring.” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman, and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
The undercard will be announced shortly.
Tickets for the event go on sale Aug. 31 at 10:00 a.m. PT and start at $35. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.