A fight between former WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares and current WBA titlist Anthony Crolla is all squared-away for September 24 in Manchester, reports RingTV.com. The fight will be held at the Manchester Arena with the RING magazine lightweight belt on the line. Linares and Crolla are currently rated numbers 1 and 3 respectively by the magazine.
Effectively, the winner of Linares-Crolla will become the mandatory challenger for Dejan Zlaticanin's recently-acquired WBC belt. Since Linares is currently the WBC's "champion in recess," a win over Crolla will entitle him to a fight for the title he was stripped of as he recovered from injury. Should Crolla win, he'll inherit Linares' right to the fight, says WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.
"This is my first unification fight and a great personal challenge for me and my career. Last year was an unbelievable year. I had the opportunity to fight in England against Kevin Mitchell in front of a crowd of passionate fight fans in one of the greatest fights of my career. This unification fight for the WBA, WBC and RING Magazine lightweight world championships is another personal accomplishment for me and a great opportunity for me to fight in England once more, to be in front of a strong fight fan base," said Linares.
So despite Linares is using the "unification" term here, Dejan Zlaticanin is actually the WBC's full titleholder at the moment.