Fight Updates: Linares-Cano; Nietes US debut; Alexander-Martinez

Phil Jay 14/08/2015

A Venezuela title defense for WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares has finally been confirmed for October 10 in Caracas.

The 29 year-old had failed to rubberstamp his first home fight in five years when WBN spoke to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman last week, although the bout opposite challenger Ivan Cano has now been made official.

Linares fended off the challenge of Kevin Mitchell in London in his maiden defense of the green belt when behind on the scorecards recently and was linked to a rematch until eventually opting to face Mexican Cano.

Also, a long-awaited United States debut has been finalized for WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes as the Filipino is set to appear on the October 17 bill at the StubHub Center in Carson, Califorina.

An opponent is yet to be named for what will be the two-weight world title holder’s seventh defense of the 108lb title.

Finally, American Devon Alexander is closing in on a return to action following his defeat to Amir Khan in December.

The former super lightweight and welterweight world champion is currently in talks to face US-based Mexican Aaron Martinez on September 18.

Martinez, 33, recently lost to Jessie Vargas, Josesito Lopez and Robert Guerrero and is without a victory in 28 months.