Jorge Linares and Rocky Juarez will both be back in October, headlining shows in Sacramento and San Antonio. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Jorge Linares will be back in action on October 6 in Sacramento, headlining a FOX Sports Net-televised card at the Memorial Auditorium. Linares will be facing Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez, and the fight will be promoted by Don Chargin and Rafael Damian.
Linares (31-3, 20 KO) has lost two straight fights by stoppage, first to Antonio DeMarco in a bloody war last October, and then in March he was stopped by Sergio Thompson in two rounds. He's a massive talent with incredible natural skills, but his chin is an issue and there's some worry that his confidence is never going to help him, either.
Velazquez (52-17-3, 35 KO) is a seemingly safe choice. Now 37, he's just 2-6-1 in his last nine fights, dating back to 2008, so yes, he should lose, and he's been signed up to lose, but Linares is the type of guy who could either hit a wall for good or start a serious comeback.
Also signed for October is a Solo Boxeo main event in San Antonio between Rocky Juarez and Antonio Escalante, to be held at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio on October 27. Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah will promote the fight.
Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KO) has lost six straight fights as his career has really bottomed out. What was once a promising Olympic prospect has turned into a pure journeyman in recent years, as the 32-year-old Juarez, who never fought with much urgency, now doesn't even fight with much desire to be there, it seems. He hasn't won a fight since 2008, when he came back late to beat Jorge Barrios on HBO.
Escalante (28-4, 19 KO) was also once considered a top prospect, but his chin has let him down. Unlike Juarez, he fights like all hell, though, and has won four straight since two crushing KO defeats against Daniel Ponce De Leon and Alejandro Perez in 2010-11.