|Real name||Jorge Luis Linares Palencia|
|Nickname(s)||El Niño de Oro
("The Golden Boy")
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
August 22, 1985 |
|Wins by KO||27|
Jorge Luis Linares Palencia (born August 22, 1985), best known as Jorge Linares, is a Venezuelan professional boxer. He is a three-weight world champion, currently holding the WBC lightweight title, having previously held the WBC featherweight and WBA super featherweight titles. Linares currently resides in Tokyo.
Linares compiled an amateur record of 89–5. Some of his other accomplishments include:
- 1999 Gold Medal Venezuela's Juniors National Championship (14 years)
- 1999 Gold Medal Venezuela's Juniors Venezuela Panama Dual
- 2000 Silver Medal National Championship (15 years)
- 2001 Gold Medal Venezuela's Junior National Championship (16 years)
Linares made his professional debut as a boxer managed by the Teiken Boxing Gym in December 2002. He was trained by Sendai Tanaka there, and Antonio Esparragoza who was trained by Tanaka's master Amílcar Bursa gave Linares the nickname of El Niño de Oro.
On July 21, 2007, Linares won the vacant WBC Interim World Featherweight Championship after knocking out Óscar Larios, who would later inherit his title, in the 10th round. He won his first defense of his title by an 8th round KO against Gamaliel Diaz on December 12, 2007. Linares relinquished the title on August 13, 2008, in order to move up to super featherweight.
Linares won the WBA super featherweight championship with a 5th round stoppage against Whyber Garcia on November 28, 2008. He defended it on June 27, 2009, against Josafat Perez by TKO in the 8th. Linares contracted with the Golden Boy Promotions in September 2009. Currently he is co-promoted by both Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
On 10 October 2009, Linares lost his WBA Super Featherweight Title and his unbeaten streak when he was defeated by Juan Carlos Salgado in the first round by TKO. This stunning defeat was named Ring Magazine's 2009 Upset of the Year.
In his return fight on July 31, 2010, Linares easily defeated Mexican-American boxer Rocky Juarez by unanimous decision.
Linares defeated Mexico's Adrian Verdugo by a technical knockout in the seventh round of a ten-round lightweight bout in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, on May 28, 2011. After that fight, Linares has trained with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, along with the U.S. Olympic boxing team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner in Baguio in the Philippines.
Linares fought for the vacant WBC lightweight title against Antonio DeMarco at the Staples Center on October 15, 2011. He outlanded DeMarco 216 to 97 in overall punches landed, but lost by TKO after suffering a major cut on his nose eventually allowing DeMarco to begin pounding on it, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the eleventh round. In addition to his own wish, Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions appealed to the WBC for a rematch.
A rematch with Antonio DeMarco had been scheduled ahead of time to take place at the Home Depot Center on July 7. However, Linares lost to Sergio Thompson in a WBC Lightweight title eliminator via a second round stoppage in Cancun, Mexico on March 31, 2012.
Linares faced Jorge Francisco Contreras on 10 November 2013, sensationally knocking out Contreras in the first round.
|40 Wins (27 knockouts), 3 Losses, 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Dejan Zlaticanin||N/A||- (12)||N/A||N/A||Defending WBC Lightweight title.
For vacant The Ring Lightweight title.
|Win||40-3||Ivan Cano||KO||4 (12), 0:58||October 10, 2015||El Poliedro, Caracas||Retained WBC Lightweight title.|
|Win||39-3||Kevin Mitchell||TKO||10 (12), 2:57||May 30, 2015||The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London||Retained WBC Lightweight title.|
|Win||38-3||Javier Prieto||KO||4 (12), 1:50||December 30, 2014||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo||Won vacant WBC Lightweight title.|
|Win||37-3||Ira Terry||KO||2 (8), 1:21||August 16, 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California|
|Win||36-3||Nihito Arakawa||UD||10||March 8, 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||35-3||Francisco Contreras||TKO||1 (10), 3:08||November 10, 2013||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo|
|Win||34-3||Berman Sanchez||TKO||3 (10), 1:09||August 25, 2013||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo|
|Win||33-3||David Rodela||TKO||8 (10), 2:51||March 16, 2013||Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo|
|Win||32-3||Hector Velazquez||UD||10||October 7, 2012||Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California|
|Loss||31-3||Sergio Thompson||TKO||2 (12), 2:27||March 31, 2012||Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo|
|Loss||31-2||Antonio DeMarco||TKO||11 (12), 2:32||October 15, 2011||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||For vacant WBC Lightweight title.|
|Win||31-1||Adrian Verdugo||TKO||7 (10), 1:49||May 28, 2011||Centro de Convenciones, Mazatlán, Sinaloa|
|Win||30-1||Jesús Chávez||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||October 24, 2010||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo|
|Win||29-1||Rocky Juarez||UD||12||July 31, 2010||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBA Interim Fedelatin Lightweight title.|
|Win||28-1||Francisco Lorenzo||MD||12||March 27, 2010||Polideportivo José María Vargas, La Guaira|
|Loss||27-1||Juan Carlos Salgado||TKO||1 (12), 1:13||October 10, 2009||Yoyogi#2 Gymnasium, Tokyo||Lost WBA Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||27-0||Josafat Perez||TKO||8 (12), 2:02||June 27, 2009||Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas||Retained WBA Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||26-0||Whyber Garcia||TKO||5 (12), 1:08||November 28, 2008||Centro de Convenciones Atlapa, Panama City||Won vacant WBA Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||25-0||Gamaliel Diaz||KO||8 (12), 2:02||December 15, 2007||Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo||Retained WBC Featherweight title.|
|Win||24-0||Óscar Larios||TKO||10 (12), (2:37)||July 21, 2007||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC Featherweight title.|
|Win||23-0||Ramiro Lara||TKO||3 (10), 1:37||February 3, 2007||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||22-0||Humberto Martinez||TKO||6 (10), 2:34||October 7, 2006||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||21-0||Pedro Navarrete||UD||10||June 3, 2006||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||20-0||Saohin Srithai Condo||UD||10||April 1, 2006||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||19-0||Jeffrey Onate||KO||1 (10), 1:59||January 7, 2006||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||18-0||Denchai Sor Tiebkoon||TKO||1 (10), 2:30||November 3, 2005||Seoul|
|Win||17-0||Ayon Naranjo||UD||6||September 25, 2005||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Win||16-0||Jesus Perez||RTD||4 (10), 3:00||August 13, 2005||Circulo Militar, Maracay|
|Win||15-0||Jean Javier Sotelo||TKO||2 (10), 1:56||May 26, 2005||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires||Won vacant WBA Fedecentro Featherweight title.|
|Win||14-0||Luis Perez Vicente||KO||4 (6), 1:49||April 16, 2005||Nihon Budokan, Tokyo|
|Win||13-0||Melvin Ayudtud||KO||1 (10), 2:07||February 5, 2005||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||12-0||Rafael Castillo||TKO||4 (8), 2:16||December 3, 2004||Figali Convention Center, Panama City|
|Win||11-0||Sung-Hoon Park||KO||1 (10), 2:42||October 2, 2004||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||10-0||Renan Acosta||UD||10||August 7, 2004||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||Won vacant WBA Fedelatin Featherweight title.|
|Win||9-0||Michael Domingo||UD||10||May 1, 2004||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||8-0||Hugo Rafael Soto||UD||10||January 31, 2004||El Poliedro, Caracas||Won vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||7-0||Pederito Laurente||UD||10||October 18, 2003||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||6-0||Jung-Keun Woo||KO||2 (8), 2:12||September 20, 2003||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||5-0||Thunder Ito||TKO||3 (10), 2:44||July 12, 2003||Pacifico, Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Win||4-0||Ariel Austria||UD||8||April 19, 2003||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||3-0||Singdam Monsaichon||KO||3 (8), 1:02||March 15, 2003||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||2-0||Chawal Sor Vorapin||UD||6||February 15, 2003||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||1-0||Kyong-Soo Chung||KO||1 (6), 0:45||December 15, 2002||Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka||Professional debut.|
- Michael Rosenthal (December 13, 2007). "Venezuelan 'Golden Boy' happy to call Japan home". ESPN. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- Sendai Tanaka (April 10, 2010). アルゼンチン・ボクシング紀行. Boxing Magazine (in Japanese) (Tokyo, Japan: Baseball Magazine Sha Co., Ltd) (April 2010 issue): p. 77.
- "Linares vacates setting up twin bill in Japan". 15round.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
- Dan Rafael (September 19, 2009). "Linares signs with Golden Boy". ESPN. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- The Boxing Tribune (May 29, 2011). "Linares impresses, not Chavez". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
- Gabriel F. Cordero (May 28, 2011). "Linares wins in Mazatlan". fightnews.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
- "Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopkins el monarca más veterano en la historia del boxeo, enfrentará al ex campeón mundial Chad 'Bad' Dawson el 15 de octubre en "Aunque usted no lo crea: Hopkins vs. Dawson"" (in Spanish). Golden Boy Promotions. August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- "Pacquiao begins tough grind". Manila Standard Today. September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
- "Linares with USA Olympic Team". Fightnews.com. September 5, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
- Michael Rosenthal (October 16, 2011). "DeMarco snatches victory from defeat by stopping Linares". The Ring. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- Robert Morales (October 20, 2011). "Golden Boy, Roach Push For DeMarco-Linares Rematch". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
- "リナレス、逆転負けで3階級制覇失敗…WBC世界ライト級戦" (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- Dan Rafael (March 21, 2012). "Antonio DeMarco lines up July fight". ESPN. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- Boxing Clever (March 31, 2012). "Shocker: Sergio Thompson Stops Jorge Linares in Two". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=157610&cat=boxer. Missing or empty
- Professional boxing record for Jorge Linares from BoxRec
- Official website (Spanish)
- Jorge Linares on Twitter
- Jorge Linares's channel on YouTube
Title last held byHumberto Soto
|WBC Featherweight Interim Champion
July 21, 2007 – July 31, 2007
In Jin Chi
|WBC Featherweight Champion
July 31, 2007 – August 13, 2008
Title last held byEdwin Valero
|WBA Super Featherweight Champion
November 28, 2008 – October 10, 2009
Juan Carlos Salgado
Title last held byOmar Figueroa
|WBC Lightweight Champion
December 30, 2014 – present