A lightweight clash between new WBC champion Jorge Linares and three-weight title holder Yuriorkis Gamboa is on the verge of being announced, WBN has learned on Wednesday.
Tokyo-based Venezuelan Linares, 29, became the proud holder of the green belt, the third world title win of his career, when defeating Javier Prieto via fourth round KO on December 30 having failed previously against Antonio DeMarco in 2011.
‘El Nino de Oro’ has battled back from suffering bad stoppages either side of the DeMarco loss and has now recorded five early finishes in seven straight wins and seems to be maturing into an all-rounder fighter following some question marks at the weight.
Opponent Gamboa is just one fight into his own comeback from being defeated for the first time in 24 fights against WBO lightweight title holder Terence Crawford last June after beating Joel Montes de Oca in six rounds in November.
Some, including myself, questioned whether Gamboa was too small for the division in the aftermath of the Crawford loss, although the Cuban decided against moving back down to 130lbs and has seemingly been rewarded with a world title shot.
Mexico is the current favourite venue to land the bout, with a late spring or early summer date being touted.