(Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions) LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2016) – Unbeaten since 2012 and recognized as one the top lightweight fighters in the world, WBC Lightweight World Champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) will continue to cement his legacy as a member of the Golden Boy Promotions roster, retaining the Los Angeles-based company founded by Oscar De La Hoya as his United States promoter.
The multi-year contract will continue to recognize Linares’ relationship with co-promoter, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, with both companies teaming up to put Linares in the biggest fights possible.
“Golden Boy Promotions is an elite promoter and they have treated me well over the years, so there was no question that I was going to re-sign with them,” said Linares. “We’ve still got work to do in this sport, and I’m confident that we will achieve more great moments together in the future.”
“Jorge Linares is an elite talent who continues to impress every time out — at only 30 years old, the best is yet to come for him,” said De La Hoya. “There are a lot of big fights out there for Jorge, and we’re going to pull out all the stops to give him the platform he deserves.”
A native of Barinas, Venezuela who now makes his home in Las Vegas, Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares is a three-division world champion who has won titles in the featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight divisions. In December of 2014, he took his third divisional crown when he knocked out Javier “El Implacable” Prieto in four rounds for the WBC Lightweight World Championship. He has since defended the title twice with a technical knockout victory over Kevin “Mighty” Mitchell in May 2015 and a knockout over Ivan “Macanon” Cano in October 2015.