Jorge Linares is a Venezuelan professional boxer who has been named the world’s best active lightweight by the TBRB 2016 and holds many titles. The boxer, also known as “The Golden Boy”, has won numerous titles in the past, including the World Championships, WBC featherweight, and many others.
Jorge Linares Biography
The Golden Boy was born as Jorge Luis Linares Palencia on August 22, 1985, in Barinas, Venezuela. He grew up at the side of his brother Nelson Linares. He grew up in a family where boxing is not new. His father owned a sports hall, and so he began training his sons when he was a small boy.
While the family adopted and maintained the discipline that would help the boxer to become what he is today, there were financial problems, and so he wanted to leave Venezuela to find a way to raise money to help the family.
The only reason why he did not leave the country for Japan was that he was only 15 years old at the time and had to finish his education.
After he went back to school and received a diploma, Linares went to Japan and was able to make steady progress. Besides his love for boxing, the poverty in his family was a major motivation for him. He wanted to become a world champion and get his family out of poverty.
In his amateur time in Venezuela, Jorge Linares recorded 89 victories and 5 defeats. He won several junior titles. When he was 17 years old, the Golden Boy had already left the country for Japan, but he was not allowed to start his professional career in Japan until the age of 18.
He had his first fight as a professional boxer in 2002 when he fought Kyong-Soo Chung and defeated Kyong-Soo Chung in a fight that he won in a knockout. In 2003 he received 6 more fights, all of which he won quite easily. In 2004, he won the WBA Fedelatin Super Bantamweight title after defeating Hugo Rafael Soto unanimously.
He subsequently defeated many other boxers and won titles such as the WBA and the lightweight title The Ring, which he won in 2016 after defeating Anthony Crolla. He would defend the title three times before finally losing it to Wasyl Lomachenko in 2018.
Not only did he go a very long way as a boxer, but he also suffered his first defeat after winning 27 consecutive fights. His first defeat was against Juan Carlos Salgado. Until he reached 45 fights to his belt, he lost only 4 times. 27 of his victories were won by knockout, 17 by decision, and 4 of his defeats were all by knockout.
Family and Wife
As mentioned above, Jorge Linares was born into a family that had boxing in their blood, but it was mainly his hard work and determination that helped him succeed. He received the training from his father, although their family suffered from poverty. He also has a brother, Nelson, who can also be found in the boxing arenas, as he is also a fighter.
The four-time world champion is married and his wife is Michelle Linares. Michelle is a very beautiful woman who has managed to stay away from the media, and for some time now she has been a part of the boxer’s life.
As was to be expected, neither the birth of Michelle Linares nor anything else about her is known, as she has kept her life very much away from the public. In fact, she also stays almost completely away from social media platforms including Instagram.
Since there is very little information about his married life, there is no confirmation that the Golden Boy and his wife have a child.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
There is absolutely no objection to the fact that boxing is not the sport for the biggest men or even the burliest. We have learned this from many boxers, including the very best in the sport. As for Jorge Linares, he will not stand as the biggest man in many rings, nor will he be counted among the most built.
Expressed in numbers, he stands at a height of 173 cm (5 ft 7 in), while his body weight is about 152 pounds. There is no data available for his general body measurements.