Ranking @ Lightweight
Born on August 22, 1985 in Barinas, Venezuela, Jorge Linares came from humble beginnings, as he lived in a small town and his family didn’t have much. While he was also good at running and volleyball, his father told him that he should stick with boxing. As an amateur, he won gold at two tournaments in 1999, Venezuela’s Juniors National Championship and Juniors Venezuela Panama Dual. He won the silver medal the next year at the National Championship, and then won gold again at the Juniors National Championship in 2001. By the time he finished his amateur career, he had an excellent record of 89-5.
Getting the opportunity to box professionally over in Japan, Linares snatched it up and began his career at just 17 years old on December 15, 2002. He fought Kyong-Soo Chung and won by KO in the first round. Fighting on small shows around Japan and taking on journeyman fighters, he took his record to 7-0 before he got a chance to fight for the WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title in his home country. It took place on January 31, 2004 against Hugo Rafael Soto, and he ended up winning by unanimous decision after 10 rounds.
His next three fighters were in Tokyo, as he picked up a unanimous decision over Michael Domingo, a unanimous decision over Renan Acosta to win the WBA Fedelatin featherweight title, and a first-round KO over Sung-Hoon Park. After three more stoppage victories, he beat Jean Javier Sotelo on May 26, 2005 to pick up the WBA Fedecentro featherweight title.
Jorge Linares was showing improvements in his technique every time he stepped into the ring, and after building a 23-0 record, he got his first shot at a world title. It came against Oscar Larios on July 21, 2007, and with a 10th-round TKO he won the WBC featherweight title.
After defending that belt once, he made the move to super featherweight, where he won the WBA title with a fifth-round TKO over Whyber Garcia. He defended this belt once before suffering a huge upset when he was beaten by first-round TKO against Juan Carlos Salgado.
Linares took some time off and rebounded on March 27, 2010 with a majority decision win over Francisco Lorenzo. A four-fight winning streak earned him a shot at the WBC lightweight title, but despite a strong performance in that fight against Antonio DeMarco, he was stopped in the 11th-round because of a bad cut on his nose. In his next fight, he was stopped again, this time by Sergio Thompson by way of second-round TKO.
With consecutive losses for the first time in his career, Jorge Linares took just over six months off and came back on October 7, 2012 to beat Hector Velazquez by unanimous decision. He won six fights in a row to get another shot at the WBC lightweight title, and this time he came through with a fourth-round KO over Javier Prieto. After two title defenses, Linares then beat Anthony Croalla by unanimous decision to win the WBA and The Ring lightweight titles.
What is Jorge Linares' Record?
Jorge Linares' record currently stands at 47 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws. Of those 47 wins he's stopped 29 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 62%. Of his 5 loses, he's been stopped 5 times. He's boxed a total of 320 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 6.2 rounds on average.
What was Linares' last fight?
Jorge Linares' last fight took place against Carlos Morales' on 14th Feb 2020, in California, United States. He won by knockout in the 4th round. That fight was 1 year and 2 months ago.
How active is Jorge Linares?
Linares' last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 5 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
Where is Jorge Linares From?
Linares was born in Venezuela.
How Old Is Jorge Linares?
The lightweight is currently 35 years old. He was born on 22nd August 1985, so he will turn 36 in 4 months and 5 days.
How long has Linares been fighting?
Jorge Linares made his professional debut in December 2002, so he has been a pro for 18 years and 4 months.
How good is Jorge Linares?
Linares is currently ranked 7th by the The Ring, 7th by the WBO, 3rd by the WBC and 4th by the WBA at Lightweight.
How tall is Jorge Linares?
Linares is 5' 8" (5 Foot and 8 inches) which is 173cm (1 meter and 73 centimeters).
What is Linares' Reach?
His reach is 68.9 inches (68.9") which is 175 cm (1 meter and 75 centimeters).
What stance does Jorge Linares use?
Linares fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.
What are some potential opponents for Jorge Linares?
Some potential future fights for Linares include Mikey Garcia, Terry Flanagan, Javier Fortuna, Unified Super Lightweight Champion Jose Carlos Ramirez and Adrien Broner.
What will be Jorge Linares' Next Fight?
Jorge Linares is to face Devin Haney next on Saturday 29th May 2021. The fight will take place at Michelob Ultra Arena, Nevada, United States. The card will be shown by DAZN Global in the UK, and DAZN in the United States.
How can I stream Jorge Linares' Fights?
In the UK you stream Linares' fight against Haney on DAZN UK.
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What are some recent Jorge Linares results?
Linares has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he won against Al Toyogon on 7th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Pablo Cesar Cano on 18th January 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Super Lightweight eliminator fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Abner Cotto on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Before that, he had lost to Vasyl Lomachenko on 12th May 2018 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBA World Lightweight and The Ring Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had beat Mercito Gesta on 27th January 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Lightweight and The Ring Lightweight championship fight at Forum, Inglewood.
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