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Jorge Linares Vacates, Oscar Larios New WBC Champ

By Mark Vester

According to WBC president Jose Sulaiman, undefeated Jorge Linares (25-0, 16KOs) has vacated the WBC featherweight title, citing problems with the weight and the need for additional time to recover from an injury.

The man Linares battered last July to capture the title, Oscar Larios, has been elevated to full champion status. Larios won the interim-title in May and his camp has been pushing for a fight with Linares. The fight didn't make much sense to Linares when taking into account how he punished Larios in their first meeting. Larios announced his retirement after the loss, but came back in February.

Larios will make the first defense of his title on October 16 against unbeaten Takahiro Aoh (16-0, 8KOs) at the Yoyogi First Gym in Tokyo, Japan.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BetterthanSugar on 08-14-2008

there was no reason for jorge to stay at that weight anyway. Everybody dles is moving up and vacating belts and he already whipped larrios. He sould try and fight valreo at 130. Now thats must see tv.

Comment by Gareth Ivanovic on 08-14-2008

This sucks, just because he seems to be having shoulder troubles and that could be a problem. I would like to see him fight soon, but also I would not want to see him come back to early. He should…

Comment by ElGranLuchador on 08-14-2008

[QUOTE=blackirish137;3930060]the worst part about is that they could have AT LEAST declared the top two people in their rankings as the mandatories and made them fight for the vacant title. but now Larios is champ, and hes practically going to…

Comment by warp1432 on 08-14-2008

Well this is an easy way for Gamboa to get a belt.

Comment by Steak on 08-14-2008

[QUOTE=RMAcero;3929954]Yeah, if Linares wants his belt back, Larios could get seriously hurt. Thanks Sulaiman![/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Boofdatruth;3929967]Exactly. Suliamain is one of 3 of the sorriest men involved in boxing today.[/QUOTE] the worst part about is that they could have AT LEAST declared…

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