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Photos: Jorge Linares, Mercito Gesta - Ready For War

HBO Boxing ushers in a new year as the premier destination for the biggest, most entertaining fights with the all-action doubleheader HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: LUCAS MATTHYSSE VS. TEWA KIRAM AND JORGE LINARES VS. MERCITO GESTA, presented SATURDAY, JAN. 27 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos.

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Official Weights from Inglewood:

Lucas Matthysse: 147.0 lbs.

Tewa Kiram: 146.4 lbs.

Jorge Linares: 135.0 lbs.

Mercito Gesta: 134.8 lbs.

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The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

The fights will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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The main event spotlights ring warrior Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) of Argentina as he battles undefeated challenger Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) of Thailand for a vacant welterweight title in a scheduled 12-round clash. Making his fifth appearance on HBO, Matthysse, 35, is a fan favorite, thanks to his aggressive, come-forward style. During his 14-year career, he’s taken on all challengers, including Danny García, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson and Ruslan Provodnikov. Matthysse’s impressive dismantling of Emmanuel Taylor on the undercard of Canelo-Golovkin in May set the stage for this title shot.

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Making his U.S. and HBO debut, Kiram, 25, looks to make a statement. With 28 knockout victories since turning pro at age 15, he would quickly catapult himself into the spotlight by defeating the respected veteran.

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The night opens with Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) of Venezuela, now residing in Tokyo, defending his world lightweight title against Mercito Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) of the Philippines, now living in San Diego. The scheduled 12-round bout marks the 32-year-old Linares’ sixth defense of the crown he captured in 2014; he won an exciting fight over challenger Luke Campbell at The Forum in September.

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Southpaw challenger Gesta, 30, has just one career defeat, which came in 2012 at the hands of former lightweight titlist Miguel Vázquez in his only other title shot. An impressive stretch of wins, including a knockout victory over Martin Honorio at The Forum in July, earned him this shot against the reigning champ.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-27-2018

I love how everybody is always “ready for war.” :lol1:

Comment by budfr on 01-27-2018

fights between Latins and Asians are always good, both warriors. Hope my Latinos win.

Comment by sammybee on 01-26-2018

War Kiram !!!!!

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 01-26-2018

Does anyone else find it amazing Linares is only .2 lbs heavier than Gesta yet looks damn near twice his size? That ish is crazy, its either Linares damn near drained out all the water in his body or Gesta…

Comment by chico malo loc on 01-26-2018

War linares! War mathysse!

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