WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares has announced that he will defend his title on home soil in Venezuela to end rumours that he may once against head to the UK for a rematch with Kevin Mitchell.
According to representative Jose Machek, Linares has signed an agreement for his next fight, possibly set to take place on October 17, although Mitchell is still in the frame for a return along with several other top-rated challengers.
Mitchell fought hard against Linares in London last May before being stopped in the tenth round and would now face a trip to Linares’ backyard if ‘The Hammer’ wants to avenge his defeat to the world title holder.
“It was my aspiration to defend my title here in my country and they (the people) have believed in me,” Linares told noticiaaldia.com.
“We only lack a concrete opponent and date, but I’m very happy for everything and for the reception I received from me my country. The give me support, and because of this, there are large projects for in the future for Venezuelan boxing.”
Machek added: “A contract in which Jorge is committed to make his next defense here in Venezuela was signed. It could be in October, possibly on Saturday 17, but that will be determined later. We have also signed an agreement that extends the image rights and representation of our champion in this country.
“We thought we could take on this challenge, for the country and Venezuelan boxing to mount a defense with a Venezuelan champion such as Jorge Linares, who also wishes to defend here.
“We promise will be a great show, as we have shown in the four events we have organized to date.
“It could be a rematch with Britain’s Kevin Mitchell, or a fight with the Colombian Darleys Perez if he wins in his next match. If he does, then we would be talking about a unified WBA-WBC titles.
“Mexican Ivan Cano is possible and there is also talk of American Rod Salka. We have to wait until next week to define this,” he added.