Linares Planning Ring Return, Wants To Reunite With Salas

By Miguel Rivera

Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) is already making plans for his second fight of 2018.

Back on May 12 at New York's Madison Square Garden, Linares lost his WBA lightweight title in a highly anticipated fight with two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs).

Lomachenko suffered his first knockdown in the sixth round and he had one of the toughest bouts of his career. But Lomachenko regrouped and stopped Linares in the tenth round with a good hook to the liver.

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Now Linares is ready to get back in the mix, hoping to work his way back to another world title shot.

In a few days, he will travel over to Japan to sit down with his lead promoter, Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions.

One of the other items he wants to resolve, is the training situation with longtime coach Ismael Salas.

Linares would like to continue forward with Salas, but he's not sure if the coach will be available.

Because of a scheduled conflict, with Salas training David Haye for his May 5 rematch with Tony Bellew, he was absent from Linares' camp for Lomachenko. 

"I'm going to Japan on June 1, I'll start warming up there. I'll work with my brother Carlos and with Sendai Tanaka, under Teiken Promotions, while I calmly sit down with Mr. (Akihiko) Honda and see what's going to happen," Linares said.

"What's left of the year, I would like to sit down calmly with Ismael Salas again, but as you can see he's always busy, right now he's in Kazakhstan, I think he's training Beibut Shumenov because he's going to fight again, he's with Big Joe (Joe Joyce) from England and no one knows what can happen. From what I understand, it's because he signed a contract with Hayemaker [to work with Joyce].

"I would like to work with Ismael again because we gel very good together. He is an elite coach, a teacher, a sensei, a trainer who gels a lot with me as a boxer and not everyone has that. Let's see what happens, Jorge Capetillo has always been with me because he is in Vegas, and in Vegas is where I always do the physical preparation and I have everything there, even my own gym, so let's see what happens. The important thing is that we are doing well, that we are resting and then later on will come the important news."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by apollocreed on 05-29-2018

[QUOTE=animelive;18812010]In my opinion there are only a handful of elite fighters atm. I am not like the ones to call boxers bum because of their resume like others who expect them to be filled with apparent "elite" fighters. Elite fighters…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 05-29-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18810036]Good points.. did we ever get a xray on that rib shot.. the way linares dropped I thought something was broken. If nothing is broken.. why didn't he continue the fight? Which means that same spot could be a *****…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-29-2018

he gotta stay active as age aint on his side. put up a good fight v loma too as we knew he would

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-28-2018

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;18812069]Lmfao that bumass african commey aint no live dog against Linares. He is just a tolerable tuneup.[/QUOTE]I'd like to see it! Comney or Mendy. Choose one, and let's go!

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 05-28-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18810583]Linares vs. Comney! Comney is a live dog! Let's see Linares deal with that![/QUOTE] Lmfao that bumass african commey aint no live dog against Linares. He is just a tolerable tuneup.

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