Lightweight world champion Jorge Linares will go toe-to-toe with junior lightweight titlist and pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko on May 12th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The bout will headline a Top Rank ESPN card that was made official on Wednesday.
“Not only will I demonstrate why I’m the best lightweight in the world, but also that I’m one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I have the speed, skill and power to win this battle. This May 12, Vasiliy Lomachenko will bow down to ‘King’ Jorge.”
“We are very excited about the fight. It should be a great one,”Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) commented.
“Fans from around the world have been waiting for Jorge and me to fight. We appreciate the work Top Rank did to put this fight together, and thanks to the television networks that helped make it happen. I am looking forward to May 12 in New York to make my debut in the big arena at Madison Square Garden.”
“This fight marks a significant step forward for one of the greatest fighters we’ve seen, Vasiliy Lomachenko, as he goes up in weight once again to fight the best lightweight in the world, Jorge Linares,”Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said.
Arum and Golden Boy, which is headed by Oscar De La Hoya, will be working together to put together the bout, a milestone in their ultra-competitive relationship.
“Jorge has established himself as the world’s best lightweight by taking on any and all comers over his storied career, but a win on May 12 would put him on an entirely different level,” De La Hoya said.
“We fully understand that Lomachenko is universally seen as the best fighter on the planet, but he’s never faced anyone with the size and skill of Jorge. As this fight makes clear, I’m 100 percent committed to giving fans the fights they want to see and will work with anyone to accomplish that goal.”