Jorge Linares, Lucas Matthysse Headline The Forum – Golden Boy Promotions revealed their first big stop on the 2018 calendar as January 27th sees them at the Forum in Inglewood and on HBO again. Two WBA world title fights are at the top of the card as world lightweight champion Jorge Linares defends his title and Lucas Martin Matthysse vies for a vacant welterweight belt.
Once beaten Mercito Gesta will challenge Linares, while undefeated Tewa Kiram will provide the opposition for Matthysse. Gesta has lived in southern California for a decade after starting his career in his native Philippines and he has been working to get another world title shot since a failed 2012 bid for the IBF belt held by Miguel Vasquez. In Kiram, we are getting a first look at an undefeated fighter out of Thailand who comes with no international boxing experience.
Expect the card to fill out as we get closer to fight time.
Saturday, January 27th, 2017 – Forum, Inglewood, CA
(Card Subject To Change):
147 LBS 12 RDS: Lucas Martin Matthysse (38-4) vs Tewa Kiram (38-0)
135 LBS 12 RDS: Jorge Linares (43-4) vs Mercito Gesta (31-1-2)
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