Venezuelan sensation Jorge Linares believes bouts against Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia would take him to “the highest level”.

Next up on January 27th, he defends his WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles against Mercito Gesta in Los Angeles, live on BoxNation.

However he is hoping to secure some big names this year, including Garcia, who holds the WBC Lightweight crown, and Lomachenko, who may be moving up from Super-Featherweight.

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“It would take me to a different level. Not only that, the highest level,” he told FightHub. “Me fighting Lomachenko at 135 pounds…fighting Garcia at 140 pounds.

“If I can get those two fights in and beat those guys, imagine leaving the sport on that high of a note. A win over Lomachenko and Garcia would certainly take me to a different level!”

Linares pose

Lomachenko is one of the finest fighters pound-for-pound, and the Ukrainian is also regarded as one of best amateur boxers in history after compiling a impeccable record of 396-1.

“It would be a very good fight. I think we have very similar styles,” said Linares. “Even though I haven’t been in the Olympics I feel that I have the right style to give Lomachenko a very good fight.”

Linares with belts

Earlier this month, the WBC ordered a fight between Linares and fellow titlist Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs). Garcia is scheduled to face IBF World Super-Lightweight Champion Sergey Lipinets on March 10th, but may drop down back to Lightweight afterwards.

“If Mikey could fight at 135 pounds, I’d love to fight him. But I have no problem fighting at 140 pounds.

“I’d like to fight three times this year. My ideal plan would be to fight Lomachenko this year. I’m more than ready to fight Garcia. If I had a choice, I’d fight him right now. If I could end this year with the Garcia fight, that would be the goal,” revealed Linares.

Buy BoxNation to watch Jorge Linares take on Mercito Gesta on January 27th, plus Lucas Matthysse is in action.