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Notes: Jorge Linares to defend title in native Venezuela

7/22/2015

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Lightweight titlist Jorge Linares (39-3, 26 KOs) will defend his belt in October (specific date and opponent TBA) in his native Venezuela, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN.com. Linares, a former junior lightweight and featherweight titlist, fights primarily in Japan and the United States and has not boxed at home since 2010. In Linares’ last fight, he made his first defense against mandatory challenger Kevin Mitchell (39-3, 29 KOs) in London on May 30 and won by 10th-round knockout in a very exciting fight in which both men were knocked down. <--photo1-->

After Linares’ fight in Venezuela, De La Hoya said the boxer is open to a rematch with Mitchell, which many have suggested.

“It was such a great fight,” De La Hoya said. “We are certainly interested in exploring the possibility of a rematch.”

• Australian heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) is a mandatory challenger for secondary titleholder Ruslan Chagaev, but Chagaev will next face Fres Oquendo in a rematch. The winner of that fight must then face Browne, but the process could take a while.

So Browne is going to stay busy by taking on journeyman Gonzalo Basile (66-11, 30 KOs), of Argentina, on Aug. 14 in Melbourne, Australia, according to Hatton Promotions.

"It's a very tough fight and a potential banana skin for Lucas, but everyone knows how hard he hits and I think Lucas will score another knockout," promoter Ricky Hatton said. “Lucas is the kind of guy who wants to fight every week, and he's obviously been disappointed with the delay [of the Chagaev bout]. Chagaev's people wanted to delay the fight so they could face Francesco Pianeta and paid Lucas money to step aside. That fight got pushed back, and then Fres Oquendo went through the courts to get a rematch with Chagaev. Now we're on the verge of everything being sorted out, and if Lucas gets past Basile, his next fight will be [for a belt].”

• Featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) has withdrawn from the main event of Golden Boy’s Aug. 7 "LA Fight Club" card because of illness. The company announced that the new main event of the Fox Deportes-televised card (10 p.m. ET) from the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles will be featherweight Abraham Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs), of La Puente, California, against Jorge Diaz (18-3-1), of New Brunswick, New Jersey, in a 10-round bout. In the co-feature, Roy Tapia (10-0-2, 5 KOs), of East Los Angeles, will face Juan Hernandez (18-5-1, 9 KOs), of Mexico, in an eight-round junior featherweight bout.

• Junior bantamweight titlist Carlos Cuadras (32-0-1, 25 KOs) is scheduled to defend his belt on Aug. 15 in his native Mexico, Promociones del Pueblo announced. He will be making his fourth defense when he faces Dixon Flores (11-2-2), of Nicaragua, in what appears to be a massive mismatch on paper. Although Flores has won four fights in a row, he has faced low-level opposition in those fights, all of which were scheduled for only six rounds. In fact, he has had only one fight in his career scheduled for as long as 10 rounds, and that was a draw last August.