Friday, March 24, 2017
The WBA lightweight title that Jorge Linares won from Anthony Crolla is on the line as the main bauble,but the winner will be the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Mikey Garcia in what would not only be a unification fight,but a victory would send the winner up the charts in both the mythical pound for pound ratings and recognition as the best lightweight in the world.
Jorge Linares was the WBC champion before injuries forced him to become the WBC's "Champion in Recess",which in basic terms,allows the WBC to crown a new champion,but gives Linares the right to fight for the WBC belt when he wishes.
Anthony Crolla would be obligated to fight Garcia with a victory over Linares,but has a bigger fight (in local stature,if not worldwide) on tap in the UK against WBO beltholder Terry Flanagan (should Flanagan retain his title in two weeks against Petr Petrov) for a sizable paycheck.
Both fighters have a come forward action style and both tend to bust up facially,so this fight should be a good one at 6;30 Saturday night on Showtime...
Ramon Malpica and I both like Linares to repeat his close,but unanimous decision win in the boxing challenge,which I lead 29-27 to date.
Linares just is a little more versatile in his skill set and that little difference will give him the edge.