Linares Addresses Trainer Situation

Linares training in Vegas 

Last week reported that Jorge Linares and his longtime trainer Ismael Salas would not be working together for his upcoming fight against P4P sensation Vasyl Lomachenko. At the time we were able to get a statement from Salas but not Linares in regards to the decision.

Earlier today Linares addressed the situation for the first time since the news broke. He reiterated the same thing Salas had said in that it has more to do with logistics and timing than anything else.

“Unfortunately, the timing is not on our side for this fight, (Salas) had already been training David Haye and he fights on May 5th and that’s only a week prior to my fight,” said Linares to Boxing Scene.

Linares didn’t want to have his camp in London like he has in the past when required. He wanted to be able to be able to train closer to his homes in Japan and Las Vegas. He also mentioned that he has had training camp without Salas previously due to logistical issues.

“In the UK we don’t have a house and it’s raining all the time there so I chose Las Vegas. In Las Vegas we have a home, family, trainers – we have everything. And at the end of the day I’m the one going up in the ring and if I don’t have Salas it’s not going to be an excuse whether we win or lose. It’s me who’s fighting, it’s training, it’s me putting 200-percent into this fight. We have everything, here, we have our own gym, we have the mountains in Las Vegas. We have everything you can think of.”

Most fans and pundits believe a fight with Lomachenko is definitely the biggest fight of Linares’ career by far. In all honesty it’s the biggest fight for either guy and the change for Linares caught pretty much everyone off guard.

“You only get one chance, this might be my biggest fight at this weight class so we’re going to take advantage of it and go out there and win the fight.”

Linares did tell earlier this morning via text message that he is currently working with veteran trainer Rudy Hernandez. A former professional fighter himself, Hernandez is the brother of the late Genaro Hernandez.

He has worked with guys like former P4P king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Mike Alvarado (when he defeated Brandon Rios), the late undefeated champion Edwin Valero, Carlos Cuadras and numerous other fighter’s through the years.

By: Chris Henderson 

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