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Jorge Linares Vs. Javier Prieto Dec. 30

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Jorge Linares-Javier Prieto Dec. 30

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Injured Omar Figueroa Jr. was stripped of his lightweight world title on Monday and given the designation of "champion in recess" by the WBC, paving the way for Jorge Linares and Javier Prieto to battle for the vacant 135-pound belt.

Linares (37-3, 24 KOs), a former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist, will face Mexico's Prieto (24-7-2, 18 KOs) for the vacant title on Dec. 30 in Tokyo, according to matchmaker Robert Diaz of Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Linares and Figueroa.

Linares, who is from Venezuela but lives much of the year in Japan and has fought there regularly, was Figueroa's mandatory challenger. However, Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs), 24, of Weslaco, Texas, suffered a terrible gash over his left eye from an accidental head clash with Daniel Estrada in their Aug. 18 title bout. Figueroa won by ninth-round knockout to retain the title, but with the cut -- which became infected after the fight, necessitating further treatment -- keeping him sidelined for several months, the WBC made its move....

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