Linares adamant punches caused Mitchell damage, willing to prove point in US rematch

WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares has dismissed claims by recent opponent Kevin Mitchell that their fight was ended because of injuries caused by head butts in London on Saturday.

Linares, 29, made a successful first defense of the green belt he gained when defeating Javier Prieto in December and was behind on two of the three scorecards once the fight was stopped by referee Victor Loughlin in the tenth round.

The Venezuelan proved he has the heart of a lion to come back after being knocked down in the fifth round and says he would have no problem in agreeing to a second meeting with Mitchell in America if their respective promoters can agree a deal.

“Why not give Kevin Mitchell a rematch? If we fight again I will win like last weekend and defend my title,” Linares exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I think everyone should look back at the fight again as you can see clearly that the cuts where caused because of the punches and combinations I was hitting Mitchell with. I worked on the injury and it worsened as the fight went on.

“We can fight again. But it would be here in the US if I agree on the rematch and once again I will win the fight,” added the lightweight ruler.

Mitchell is healing quickly after receiving stitches from hospital treatment in the aftermath and could be ready by the year’s end to trade punches with Linares in what would certainly be another fan-friendly encounter.