By Ryan Maquiñana
Former two-weight beltholder Jorge Linares is scheduled to return to Tokyo in preparation of his next move.
“He’s going back to the Teiken Gym in Japan to get his life in order and see where he’s at in his career,” said WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. “Jorge has been there before with [Teiken president Akihiko] Honda, and I wish him all the best.”
Linares had previously honed his craft at Teiken but in recent times had been training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. However, back-to-back stoppage losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson have landed him in a career crossroads.
Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.