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Super-lightweight contender Jack Catterall will face former three-division champion Jorge Linares in Liverpool on October 21st.
The pair are set to headline at the M&S Bank Arena as the Briton eyes a second shot at world titles next year.
Catterall, 27-1(13KOs), marked an end to a 15-month absence with a resounding unanimous decision victory over Darragh Foley in May.
The 30 year old floored the Irishman on two occasions before winning wide on all three judge’s scorecards after ten rounds in Manchester.
The fight was his first since singing with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing as he looks to tie down another world title shot following his controversial loss to then undisputed champion Josh Taylor last year.
Catterall was in talks to face WBC champion Regis Prograis earlier this year before talks collapsed.
The American has also signed with Matchroom since, making a matchup likely for next year providing Catterall overcomes Linares, 47-8(29KOs), in October.
A faded Jorge Linares?
The Venezuelan was once renowned as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best, winning world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight in his 53 fight career.
Linares’ form has taken a steep decline in recent years however, losing his last three contests, most recently via unanimous decision to Zhora Hamazaryan in December.
The 37 year old briefly rocked Devin Haney in the tenth round of their WBC lightweight fight from May 2021 but eventually lost comfortably on points, suggesting he no longer possesses the threat he had done in previous years.
The card will be streamed live on DAZN, with undercard announcements set to follow.