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Linares to defend title Saturday on ESPN3

Jorge Linares, right, defends his 130-pound title Saturday against Ivan Cano in Caracas, Venezuela. AP Photo/Eric Jamison

Lightweight titlist Jorge Linares' second defense, which will be against Ivan Cano on Saturday in Caracas, Venezuela, Linares' home country, will be available in the United States because ESPN has made a deal to acquire American rights.

The card will stream live (in Spanish) on ESPN3.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET and include undercard bouts, middleweight Sergey Khomitsky versus Alfonso Blanco in a 12-rounder and female bantamweight Mayerlin Rivas against Galina Ovanova in a 10-rounder, among them. The main event is expected to begin at approximately 11:30 p.m. ET.

A two-hour tape delayed broadcast of the card will air at 9 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN Deportes.

Linares (39-3, 26 KOs), a former junior lightweight and featherweight titlist, fights primarily in Japan and the United States and has not boxed in his home country since 2010.

In Linares' last fight, he made his first defense against mandatory challenger Kevin Mitchell in London on May 30 and won by 10th-round knockout in a very exciting fight in which both men were knocked down.

Cano (23-6-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico, has a pedestrian resume. In his most notable fight he was stopped by contender Dierry Jean in the 11th round in October 2012.