Boxing Scene is reporting that Jorge Linares, one of the most talented yet flawed individuals in the sport of boxing, is set to continue his comeback trail against Richar Abril for the WBA lightweight title. The bout is scheduled for November 10th and set to take place in Linares' home nation of Japan.
Linares has compiled three consecutive victories after suffering back-to-back stoppage losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson, respectively. Linares has never lacked natural talent, his speed and skill are quite wonderful. However, punch resistance has been his Achilles' heel, and that may have been a factor in accepting Abril as an opponent. Abril, a good boxer without much pop, is probably best known for getting robbed against Brandon Rios last year. He recently defeated Sharif Bogere in March in his first defense of the WBA title.
Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz had this to say about the challenge of fighting Abril, via Boxing Scene:
"We know this is going to be a tough fight because Abril has a difficult style, but I'm confident Linares can win. Linares learned from the mistakes that he made in his past fights and gained valuable experience to prepare him for a fight like this."
While this may not get the juices flowing for those who love brawls (OK, I guess that's most people), this is a good matchup between one of the best lightweights in the world (Abril) going up against a guy who has to strike now or he may never come close on the promise that his career showed years ago (Linares).
Who do you like to win?