Sources in Japan have informed us that WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares (39-3, 26) is looking to defend his title in August in his native Venezuela.
The talented Teiken fighter was last seen in the ring in late May when he won a stirring contest with Englishman Kevin Mitchell. That was Linares's first defense of the title that he won back on December 30th and it seems that he's now wanting a home coming defense. If this goes ahead as planned would be his first ever world title defense in Venezuela and it would, amazingly, be his first fight in the country since March 2010, when he defeated Francisco Lorenzo by majority decision.
At the moment no names have been mooted as possible opponents though we do know that Yoshitaka Kato did express and interest in fighting Linares earlier in the year, whether he'd go to Venezuela for the opportunity is however another question all together.
The Teiken promoted fighter, who has fought much of his career in Japan, is likely to be the main event of the Venezuelan show and will likely act as a figure point for the re-rise of Venezuelan boxing, which has sadly been rather flat since the death of the controversial Edwin Valero in 2010.
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