Jorge Linares looked pretty good in his most recent fight against Mercito Gesta. He landed punches at almost every time he threw them and pretty much dominated Gesta for a majority of the fight. After the fight boxing fans were left wondering who would be next for Linares? Would it be Mikey Garcia, Ray Beltran, Robert Easter or would Vasily Lomachenko make the move up to 135 pounds to take on any of the top lightweights including Linares?
It appears that Linares and Lomachenko both want to face off with another as they have called each other out on social media.
“King Jorge is waiting for you at 135 [pounds],” stated Linares. “You’re dad named you right because you are vaSilly for wanting this fight.”
Lomachenko who last fought against and dominated Guillermo Rigondeaux left no doubt that he is willing to take the fight to Linares but will leave the decision to the Venezuelan fighter to see if he really wants it or not.
“Ask and you shall receive,” stated Lomachenko. “Let’s do this at 135 [pounds]! I’ll be patiently waiting for you to decide if you truly want this or not.”
Promoters for both fighters, Golden Boy, and Top Rank have both stated that it’s very possible to make this fight. The two promoters have had quite a bit of issues in the past creating a boxing cold war. However, they have been able to work through it on a few occasions but it does appear they stopped working together for some time now. If both fighters truly want to fight they need to pressure their promoters to make it happen.