Jack Catterall defends his WBA Inter-Continental Super-Lightweight belt on Saturday night in Liverpool, with Jorge Linares the opponent for his first defense of the title.
The Manchester-born fighter has bounced back strongly from last year’s controversial split-decision defeat to Josh Taylor. Having lost out on a world title on that occasion, he rallied to defeat Darragh Foley on his ring return in May and will take a step back into world title contention should he be able to avoid defeat against an illustrious opponent.
Linares is a former multi-weight world champion, having held titles in the featherweight, super-featherweight, and lightweight divisions throughout an illustrious career. The Venezuelan, who fights out of Japan, is perhaps best known to UK fans for back-to-back world title wins against Anthony Crolla in 2016 & 2017 before also beating former Team GB Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell, also in 2017.
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Jack Catterall vs Jorge Linares full card
- Jack Catterall vs. Jorge Linares; super lightweights
- Aqib Fiaz vs. Reece Bellotti for the vacant Commonwealth super featherweight title
- Peter McGrail vs. Fran Mendoza; super bantamweights
- Shabaz Masoud vs. Jose Sanmartin; super bantamweights
- Khaleel Majid vs. Tom Farrell; super lightweights
- Campbell Hatton vs. Jamie Sampson; super lightweights
- Paddy Lacey vs. Owen Kirk; middleweights
- Muhammad Mustafa Ali vs. Giulio Commerso; super bantamweights
- William Crolla vs. Martin Shaw; super welterweights
- Jack Turner vs. Adam Yahaya; bantamweights
Jack Catterall vs Jorge Linares fight preview
“He turns up, I get a call at 11:00 PM the night before, the fight’s off with no clear clarification on what was going on. So, it was a frustrating time because I’ve recently turned 30. I believe my style of fighting has given me longevity. I’ve been [a] professional [for] 10 years, but I also feel like I’ve not many miles on the clock on me….
“I know I’ve got a good run now ahead of me to be involved in some good fights and things like Taylor pulling out twice over like a 10-month period is not ideal for me.”
Inactivity is never ideal, but Saturday’s matchup with Linares, a former three-division champion, provides a better opportunity for Catterall to showcase his class ahead of what shapes up as a pivotal 2024.
Sure, Linares is past his peak. The Venezuelan is 38, has lost three fights in a row (the last two in Russia, one by TKO) and hasn’t scored a win since February 2020. On the other hand, Linares (47-8, 29 KOs) possesses a recognizable name in both the American and U.K. boxing scene, is a highly accomplished fighter and was able to stun Devin Haney late in their fight. He also knocked down Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2018.
“The motivation that I have right now is the same it was seven or eight years ago…,” said Linares. “We’re going to make a beautiful fight. This is the most difficult fight of my life. I need to win this fight. … This time is different because I come from a loss.”