Jorge Linares working in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)
By Chris Robinson
Earlier this week, we swung through the training camp of WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, out in Las Vegas. Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) is preparing for a huge fight against two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s), who he meets on May 12 inside of New York’s Madison Square Garden on ESPN.
Linares is an underdog heading into the match, and it was recently revealed that he would not be having longtime trainer Ismael Salas in his corner, as the Cuban trainer is overseas working with David Haye ahead of his May 5 rematch vs. Tony Bellew. Still, Linares’ spirits in camp are great, as he works with his brother Carlos Linares, trainer Jorge Capetillo, and Southern California’s Rudy Hernandez, a longtime staple in the sport. Continue reading →
It’s been great to see the career revival of Venezuela’s Jorge Linares since linking up with trainer Ismael Salas.
Linares (38-3, 25 KO’s) has reeled of seven straight victories dating back to his March 2012 shock TKO loss to Sergio Thompson and he is coming off of a 4th round knockout over Javier Prieto in December that saw him lift the vacant WBC lightweight belt into the air. Continue reading →
Chris Robinson catches up with former two-division world champion Jorge Linares in Las Vegas, Nevada as he speaks on his return to the ring later this month in Japan while discussing possible fights with John Molina Jr. or Omar Figueroa in the future
Chris Robinson catches up with Miguel Diaz and Jorge Linares inside of Long Life Fit Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Linares discusses his time at the Wild Card with Freddie Roach and insists he has no hard feelings following their split…
After catching up with Ismael Salas this past weekend in Las Vegas during Lucas Matthysse’s knockout victory over Mike Dallas Jr. inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, I made a point to swing through and check out the Cuban trainer in camp with his latest pupil, Jorge Linares.
Overseeing the two-division world champion inside of the Long Life Fit Gym on Wednesday afternoon, Salas seems enthused by the prospect of trying to resurrect Linares’ career.
Undoubtedly one of the game’s finer talents, Linares suffered a pair of bloody and debilitating TKO defeats to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson in October of 2011 and March of 2012 that left his career hanging with serious questions.
During our conversation after their training, Salas spoke on his first ten days working with Linares while also taking time to speak on two of his former charges, WBA junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa. Continue reading →
On Saturday night, there was no shortage of boxing luminaries inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for Lucas Matthysse’s crushing first-round knockout over Mike Dallas Jr.
Such notables in the building included former champions Zab Judah and Shane Mosley, junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, former WBO female super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton, junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo, rising lightweight Sharif Bogere, and former two-division titlist Jorge Linares.
Striking a conversation with Linares, I quickly discovered that much has changed for the Venezuelan-born prizefighter. Continue reading →