De La Hoya To Arum: Call Me, To Make Lomachenko vs. Linares

This past Saturday night at The Forum in Los Angeles, California - Jorge "El Nino de Oro" Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his WBA lightweight world championship with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs).

After two awkward rounds, Linares figured out his opponent and outboxed Gesta the entire way.

The final scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111.


After the fight, Linares called for fights with two boxers in particular - WBC lightweight title Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) and WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs).

Linares, who holds the WBC Diamond title, is the mandatory challenger to Garcia's belt.

Garcia last fought in the junior welterweight division when he dominated four division champion Adrien Broner last July. And now Garcia takes part in another junior welterweight contest, when he challenges Sergey Lipinets for the IBF championship on March 10.

After his fight with Lipinets, there will be a limited amount of time for Garcia to make a decision on whether or not he intends to remain at 140 or plans to return to 135 for his mandatory fight with Linares.

Lomachenko, looking for his third world title, is moving up to the lightweight division on a date in April.

Last week, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum told's Steve Kim that he's very willing to make a Lomachenko vs. Linares contest.

"I think Linares is a tremendous fighter. He has a great resume, he's a lightweight champion that has had a number of defenses," Arum told

"Lomachenko has been tremendous at 126, 130 and now he's going up to 135 and hopefully from my standpoint he's as brilliant at 135 as he was in the lower weight classes. But who really knows until we see him?"

Linares' promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, is waiting by the phone and ready to make the fight.

"We're ready, we are ready. Lomachenko vs. Linares is the fight to make, so we must make it. For 2018, our goal is to always make the best fights and that's actually one of them - out of many, so Bob Arum - give me call," De La Hoya said.

The biggest hurdle in making that fight - TV alliances.

Arum's company has an exclusive deal with ESPN, while De La Hoya's top names are exclusively fighting on HBO.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chrisJS on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=Tha Kid;18525563]Racist? hahaha!!! Its actually impossible for blacks to be racist if you knew the actual definition you lil girl. I was actually busy running my business b*tch but I couldn't let a p*ussy like you slide. Also...your mom is…

Comment by Tha Kid on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18525420]You clearly do you [email protected]@t or you wouldn't be responding to me like 2 months later. I can see you get a little touchy when someone exposes your casual knowledge and racist views though. You are a racist and a…

Comment by Ogecca MaMa on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18525420]You clearly do you [email protected]@t or you wouldn't be responding to me like 2 months later. I can see you get a little touchy when someone exposes your casual knowledge and racist views though. You are a racist and a…

Comment by chrisJS on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=Tha Kid;18525234]Who gives a F*CK what you think you lil b*tch F*uck you are your great "white" champion. haha[/QUOTE] You clearly do you [email protected]@t or you wouldn't be responding to me like 2 months later. I can see you get…

Comment by Tha Kid on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18445335]We are just too seasoned to fall for it Kid.[/QUOTE] Haha...seasoned? F*uck outta here lol. Who are you the guru of boxing? Your opinion is just that an opinion. So **** outta here "Max Kellerman" LOL

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (73)
Top Headlines Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return Canelo: I'll Look to KO Golovkin From Very First Round of Rematch Oleksandr Teslenko, Nicholson, Ivan Golub in Action in AC Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos on September 28, ShoBox Photos: Bryant Jennings, Hart, Dimitrenko, Stevenson - Workouts Photos: Juan Francisco Estrada Grinds Hard For Superfly 3 Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Go Face To Face De La Hoya Not Concerned Clenbuterol Will Taint Canelo's Legacy Photos: Frampton, Fury, Jackson, Pianeta - Open Workouts Devin Haney Obtains Promoter's License in California Carl Frampton Insists That He Has Learned From Past Mistakes Carlos Negron Inks Managerial With King Kong Boxing Bellew: I'm Chasing Greatness, Usyk Fight is Looking Likely Now Fury: I'm Still The Same Old G, I Want To Smash Wilder's Face In! Photos: Tyson Fury Looking Very Slim at Open Workout Antonio Tarver Arrested For Domestic Battery in Florida Abel Sanchez: No Beef? I Hope Canelo Stopped Eating Duck Too! Frank Warren: Fury-Wilder Winner Is World's Best Heavyweight Granados: Garcia Wouldn't KO Me, Either; Would Need Judges' Gift Tyson Fury: Let's Face It, Wilder Hasn't Really Fought Anybody Quigg: If Frampton Faces Warrington - Winner Has To Fight Me!'s Television Picks of The Week - August 15 James Branch To Return, October 6 In Leicester Fury: If Pianeta Chins Me - I'll Crawl Over and Kiss His Feet! Euro News: Rossing, Schwarz, Edis Tatli, Formella, Gamhour Ray Beltran: Lomachenko Must Beat Me To Get To Mikey Garcia Hugo Ruiz Makes Quiet Return, Aims To Reclaim World Title Katie Taylor - Documentary To Lift Lid on Split With Her Dad Top Rank's DuBoef on Decision To Go With ESPN, NVBHOF Nod Hearn Reacts To Critics: Miller vs. Adamek is NO Mismatch! Joseph Diaz, Manager To Meet: Decide on Weight Class Future Canelo 30-Day Weight For Golovkin Rematch - 167.4-Pounds Loeffler: Golovkin is 1 Win Away From Breaking Hopkins Record Fury: Wilder Coming Over Because He Knows Where Daddy Lives Arum is Firm: Murata To Face Quigley, Won't Bow To WBA Order Jermain Taylor - Domestic Violence Charges Are Dropped Tony Yoka's Appeal is Rejected, Doping Ban is Upheld By Judge Jacobs-Derevyanchenko Likely Headed to MSG Theater October 27 Derrick Webster Continues Streak, Stops Les Sherrington Mariana Juarez, Jackie Nava in Line To Collide Later This Year

Latest Active Forum Threads