Linares vs. Flanagan Might Be Next, Confirms Golden Boy Prez

By Steve Kim

WBA lightweight titlist Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) has beaten top British talent in his last three outings.

Linares traveled to the UK to secure back to back decision victories over Manchester star Anthony Crolla, and then last month he edged Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell at the Forum in Los Angeles.

So what's next for the Venezuelan? It could be a bout with a fellow belt-holder, who happens to be another top fighter from the UK.


Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, advised - "We were contacted by Frank Warren and he made us an offer to fight Flanagan which would be a unification and it's a good offer and we're considering it. We're looking at it and Jorge wants to unify the belts."

As for where this bout would take place, Gomez explained - "The offer is for the fight to go to the UK. So yes, it would be in the UK, that's the offer. We countered the offer to do it in the U.S., that's also a possibility."

Flanagan (33-0, 13 KO's), who has possession of the WBO belt, last defended his title on April 8th where he out-boxed Petr Petrov over twelve rounds.

He was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico, but that fight has been pushed back numerous times due to injuries sustained by the Puerto Rican contender - forcing the WBO to drop him from the mandatory slot and later replace him with Ray Beltran.

One of the bigger fights in the UK, was a showdown between Flanagan and Crolla, who last weekend defeated Ricky Burns.

But during a recent interview with, Flanagan made it clear that he no longer cares about fighting Crolla and wants nothing more than to secure a unification fight - specifically with someone like Linares.

As for when this potential fight could take place, Gomez stated,''first quarter of next year."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by petero on 10-12-2017

Very good fight, I believe Flanagan is a level above the other U.K. lightweights and could beat Linares.

Comment by BigStomps on 10-12-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18130277]I'm not so sure about that. Easter is tall, rangy, can box or bang! I like Mikey, but I don't like that fight for him![/QUOTE] The only two times Easter has stepped up he struggled like a motherfvcker and some…

Comment by alexguiness on 10-12-2017

Linares is on a completely different level than Flanagan. Flanagan is one of those guys who is just pretty good a everything, without being outstanding at anything.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 10-12-2017

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18129004]Why? Mikey would fvck up Easter the same way he did Broner. Easy money for Mikey![/QUOTE]I'm not so sure about that. Easter is tall, rangy, can box or bang! I like Mikey, but I don't like that fight for him!

Comment by BigStomps on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18128110]Mikey might as well start looking for an opponent, Linares ain't gonna happen without signing to GBP! I say Tank Davis @ 135, Omar Figueroa Jr. @ 140, or Danny Garcia @ 147, would be excellent fights for Mikey! Stay…

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