By Steve Kim
WBA lightweight titlist Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) has beaten top British talent in his last three outings.
Linares traveled to the UK to secure back to back decision victories over Manchester star Anthony Crolla, and then last month he edged Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell at the Forum in Los Angeles.
So what's next for the Venezuelan? It could be a bout with a fellow belt-holder, who happens to be another top fighter from the UK.
Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, advised BoxingScene.com - "We were contacted by Frank Warren and he made us an offer to fight Flanagan which would be a unification and it's a good offer and we're considering it. We're looking at it and Jorge wants to unify the belts."
As for where this bout would take place, Gomez explained - "The offer is for the fight to go to the UK. So yes, it would be in the UK, that's the offer. We countered the offer to do it in the U.S., that's also a possibility."
Flanagan (33-0, 13 KO's), who has possession of the WBO belt, last defended his title on April 8th where he out-boxed Petr Petrov over twelve rounds.
He was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico, but that fight has been pushed back numerous times due to injuries sustained by the Puerto Rican contender - forcing the WBO to drop him from the mandatory slot and later replace him with Ray Beltran.
One of the bigger fights in the UK, was a showdown between Flanagan and Crolla, who last weekend defeated Ricky Burns.
But during a recent interview with BoxingScene.com, Flanagan made it clear that he no longer cares about fighting Crolla and wants nothing more than to secure a unification fight - specifically with someone like Linares.
As for when this potential fight could take place, Gomez stated,''first quarter of next year."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.