First reported by Dan Rafael and later confirmed by Lance Pugmire, unbeaten Hector Tanajara has been put forth as a replacement for Jorge Linares in DAZN’s August 28th main event opposite Javier Fortuna. The 23-year-old San Antonian is pending approval from CSAC and DAZN.
Tanajara (19-0, 5 KO) has steadily risen through the ranks with wins over Roger Gutierrez, Robert Manzanarez, and most recently former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos. He was on the shortlist to face Ryan Garcia last month before “Kingry” withdrew and saw a July 24th clash with Mercito Gesta fall apart thanks to the Filipino’s bout with food poisoning.
“El Finito” retweeted a message from trainer Robert Garcia proposing this arrangement when news of Linares’ exit first broke.
Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KO) is unquestionably a considerable step up, but he’s also been known to underperform and gives up more than half a foot of reach to Tanajara. While it’s nowhere near as interesting as the Linares fight, it could still turn into something good.