Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares (44-4, 27 KOs), the former king of the 135-pound division, will return to the ring in a new division as he faces Abner "Pin" Cotto (23-3, 12KOs) in a 12-round, 140-pound battle.
The clash will be the main event of the September 29 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The action will be streamed live on Facebook.
"I am coming back hungrier than ever to demonstrate to the world that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world," said Jorge Linares."I want those big fights and the world has not seen the best of me. With my new trainer and my team, we will demonstrate that I am more than capable in taking over this new super lightweight division against a notable opponent in Abner Cotto. This September 29, fans will see a determined Jorge Linares."
"I feel very excited for this new opportunity that this sport offers me," said Abner Cotto. "I’m immensely grateful to my team and my promoters for bringing my career back to the highest. This is a sport where I have fallen, but with the support of my family, my people and the commitment of my team, I have returned with much more desire to achieve the goal I have always dreamed of since I was 10 years old, which is to challenge for a world title. My promoter has placed all its trust in me, and I will work tirelessly to achieve the goals set. Thanks to all who made this great fight possible. Expect one full of emotion."