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.