Jorge Linares (3-0, 2) Vs Ariel Austria (18-20-7, 7)
All too often in the West we see prospect molly coddled to a world title eliminator. That doesn't happen as much in the East with Japan in particular being a country to bring prospects through quickly. Although from Venezuela it's fair to say Jorge Linares is an adopted fighter of Japan and his debut there was made in a 6 rounder, as it would be for a typical B class prospect. Linares's would fight a second 6 rounder, a decision victory over Chawal Sor Vorapin, before being moved on to 8 rounders in his third bout as he took on Thailand's Singdam Monsaichon. Linares's second 8 rounder came against the much more testing and experienced Filipino Ariel Austria, a former Filipino Bantamweight champion.