By Elisinio Castillo

WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (39-3, 26KOs) is reviewing his options for his upcoming ring return in October, possibly on the 17th of the month. His next defense will take place in Venezuela.

The opponent is unknown. Linares is returning from a furious mandatory defense of his title, where he traveled over to England to face Kevin Mitchel - got dropped and was behind on points when he damaged Mitchell to the point where the referee had to call the fight in the tenth round.

A rematch with Mitchell is one option, but Linares has more interest in a unification with WBA champion Darleys Perez. 

"It could be a rematch with British fighter Kevin Mitchell, or a fight with Colombian Darleys Perez - if he wins in his next match. If he wins, we would be discussing a unified bout for the WBA/WBC titles. Mexican contender Ivan Cano [has been mentioned]. There is also talk of American contender Rod Salka. We expect to finalize things in the coming weeks," Linares said.