Earlier today it was announced that the upcoming contest between Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16) and Jorge Linares (35-3, 23) will be a WBC title eliminator. As a result the bout will see the winner taking on the winner of the Omar Figueroa/Ricardo Alvarez contest from the same card.
Scheduled for March 8th this will be Arakawa's second contest on US TV having previously lost an amazing battle with Figueroa last year in a bout for the interim title. For Linares however this is his 5th contest in the US where he has had mixed fortunes, winning 3 and losing 1 of his previous 4.
Arakawa, ranked #2 by the WBC, will be hoping to get a second chance at Figueroa after suffering a painful loss to the unbeaten American last year. He'd again be the under-dog though would likely love the chance to avenge his most recent loss.
As for Linares, ranked #5, he'll know that a win here gives him a second opportunity to become a 3-weight world champion having previously failed when he fought Antonio DeMarco back in October 2011 and suffered his sole loss on US soil.
The card, which has had 5 bouts announced, including 3 world title bouts, will be shown in the US on Showtime and should genuinely be a great night of action with none of the bouts looking like duds. Of the 5 though, this is the stand out one from our point of view and by far the most interesting.
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