WBC Orders Mikey Garcia vs Jorge Linares Fight-and WBC mandatory defences
The Mikey Garcia vs Jorge Linares fight is on. The confirmation came from the WBC here with all the official details so far.
Mikey Garcia vs Jorge Linares represents another tremendous matchup made in the sport of boxing in 2017.
A coming together of skill and ferocity that should surely satisfy boxing fans the world over.
Speaking at the WBC annual convention this week in Baku, the organisation ordered Mikey Garcia vs Jorge Linares next up as a mandatory with Garcia currently holding the WBC lightweight belt.
Garcia moved up to light-welterweight in his last fight in a bout where he beat Adrien Broner earlier this summer in a unanimous decision in Brooklyn.
He will return to lightweight to defend his belt against Jorge Linares.
Linares fought only last week against England’s Luke Campbell where he came through an extremely close bout to walk away with a hard fought split decision win.
The WBC went through all their upcoming mandatory defences for all their champions during the order of ceremony on the day.
Other notable champions and fighters included Keith Thurman at welterweight, who when he returns from injury, will face the winner of his mandatory contender Shawn Porter vs Adrian Granados in November.
WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson will also fight his mandatory in December against Eleider Alvarez.
WBC MANDATORY DEFENCES; BAKU 2017
At the fifty fifth World Boxing Council Convention, this year in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Board of Governors discussed and decided mandatory defences for the Champions atop each weight category.
Minimum weight champion Wanheng Menayothin makes a voluntary defence in November. The number one contender remains Leroy Estrada.
In the light flyweight division, champion Ken Shiro fights number one contender Pedro Guevara. The winner of that must then face Ganigan Lopez.
In the flyweight division champion Daigo Higa fights Thomas Masson in a voluntary defence on October 22nd.
In the super flyweight division champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai requests a voluntary defence before a mandatory against Juan Francisco Estrada.
In the bantamweight division the WBC Clean Boxing Program still has to rule on the findings on a positive test for champion Luis Nery. Number two Emmanuel Rodríguez will fight a final eliminator against third ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana.
In the super bantamweight division, Champion Rey Vargas fights mandatory contender Julio Ceja, who won the final eliminator. Diego De La Hoya ranked at number two and Hugo Ruiz, who’s number three will fight a final eliminator.
At featherweight, champion Gary Russell fights Jo Jo Diaz next. That will be mandated for around May.
At super featherweight Miguel Berchelt will fight a voluntary against Orlado Salido in December. Francisco Vargas and Jhonny Gonzalez at two and three, will fight a final eliminator.
At lightweight, champion Mikey García will fight Diamond champion Jorge Linares.
At super lightweight, if champion Terence Crawford vacates, Number one contender Amir Imam will fight third ranked Jose Carlos Ramirez for the title. While number two ranked Regis Prograis will fight number four Viktor Postol for the interim title.
At welterweight champion Keith Thurman who was injured, returns to the ring in January, Mandatory contender Shawn Porter fights Adrian Granados on November 4th for the silver title.
At super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo fights a mandatory defence on October 14th against Erickson Lubin. The winner of the semi final between number four Maaclej Sulecki and number five Jack Culcay then fights number three Vanes Martirosyn.
At middleweight, the WBC Board of Governors has already voted for a direct rematch between champion Gennady Golovkin and Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez. Number one contender Jermall Charlo will fight an available contender.
At super middleweight champion David Benavidez, aged just twenty in support of the Super Series, will fight a rematch against Ronald Gavril. This Saturday number ranked Avni Yildirim fights number four Chris Eubank.
At light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson fights a mandatory against number contender Eleider Alvarez in December.
At cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis is in the Super Series. So it’s whoever emerges as the winner.
At heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder awaits the result of the doping test on number two ranked contender Luis Ortiz. While number one contender Bermane Stiverne fights number six Dominic Breazeale, to fight the winner of the championship bout.