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Jorge Linares vs. Javier Fortuna, WBC Diamond Title, August 28

A high-stakes battle of international proportions heads to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. as Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) takes on Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBC Diamond Lightweight Championship. The fights will take place on Friday, August 28 and will be streamed live on DAZN.
 
The event will be closed to the public and media. Details for the undercard will be announced shortly.
 
“Temperatures will reach record-breaking numbers this summer as we present a high-level clash between two battle-tested former world champions,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Linares’ legacy as a future Hall of Famer is etched in stone. During his time with us, he has conquered three divisions and traveled all over the world as he demonstrated his courage as a fighter. But make no mistake: Linares is not done yet. On August 28, he’s in for a tough fight against a man who is just as quick-handed as he is, so expect both men to bring a lot of firepower. Golden Boy boxing is back, and that means competitive fights are back.”

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Linares is a Venezuelan contender who boasts one of the most impressive resumes of any active fighter today. The quick-handed 34-year-old has earned world titles in the featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight divisions and faced some of the best fighters in recent years. After a dominant performance against Carlos “The Solution” Morales in February, Linares is ready to regain his throne as the King of the Lightweights.
 
“I’m ready to return to the top of the lightweight division,” said Jorge Linares. “I have been training in Japan, a place that nourishes me and provides me with the best environment to train. At the same time, I’m also grateful to be headlining a card during this difficult time for the world, but I hope to provide everyone with a bit of diversion and excitement as I get closer to regaining my throne as the king of the 135-pound division.
 
Fortuna is a 31-year-old southpaw who is currently ranked No. 1 by the WBC in the lightweight division. The native of the Dominican Republic is a proven veteran who captured the interim WBA Featherweight Title against then-undefeated Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland in 2012, while in 2015, he defeated once-beaten Bryan “El Tiquito” Vazquez to capture the WBA Super Featherweight Title. In his last shot at a world title, Fortuna lost a close split decision victory to Robert Easter Jr., and in his last outing, Fortuna dominated former world titles Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar to earn his status in the division.

“Don’t make any excuses on fight night,” said Javier Fortuna. “Not the Covid. Not the travel. Nothing. Don’t blame it on an injury either. Just fight. Come ready for war because that’s what I’m going to do. And when you lose, don’t make any excuse.”

“I commend Jorge Linares for taking this fight while so many other top contenders didn’t want the fight,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing. “I expect Javier Fortuna to be in top shape and ready for a battle he will win. Javier Fortuna will be the first three-time world champion from the Dominican Republic.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by garfios on 07-04-2020

[QUOTE=angkag;20634555]It’s a way for the WBC to get involved and gain sanctioning fees from a notable bout that doesn’t actually have anything to do with them.[/QUOTE]a bogus money making belt. Corruption is all over these belts.

Comment by theface07 on 07-01-2020

[QUOTE=kidbazooka;20634561]Sorry but Linares clearly ducked Ryan he knew damn well that his chin wouldn’t hold up so went with Fortuna who is a safer fight for him smh Disappointed in Linares thought he had more balls than that.[/QUOTE] Nah. It's…

Comment by boogbx on 06-30-2020

Linares hasn’t ducked anybody his entire career and suddenly he’s ducking a c level fighter in Ryan fuccing Garcia. The levels of stupidity sometimes is ridiculous. Linares is top 5 in his weight, Garcia is top 5 hype jobs.

Comment by Griever0730 on 06-30-2020

[QUOTE=kidbazooka;20634702]Anyone who reads the article I posted and still tries to say Linares didn’t duck Ryan is nothing but a biased lying sack of ****tt and will never be honest regardless of facts. The truth is there Linares did NOT…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-30-2020

[QUOTE=angkag;20635198]With Loma as 'franchise', and Haney 'regular', only way for WBC to be involved with any Fortuna v Linares fight is to invent a third belt. First Fortuna supposed to fight Campbell for vacant belt. Then Haney reinstated and supposed…

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