Catterall vs. Linares: start time, TV schedule, ring walks

By Boxing News - 10/20/2023 - Comments

Jack Catterall, the WBA Intercontinental Title holder in the Super-Lightweight division, will defend his title against the renowned multi-division World Champion, Jorge Linares. This make-or-break fight is set to take place at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday, October 21, and will be broadcast LIVE on DAZN.

Catterall, with a record of 27 wins and only one loss with 13 of those wins coming by knockout, is eager to challenge once more for the Super-Lightweight World Title. This determination stems from his controversial defeat to the former undisputed Super-Lightweight World Champion, Josh Taylor, in early 2022.

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Linares, who boasts a record of 47 wins and 8 losses with 29 knockouts, aims to further establish his presence in the booming 140lbs division. He’s keen to maintain his undefeated streak in the UK and halt Catterall’s aspirations of another World Title fight.

Eddie Hearn, the Chairman of Matchroom Sport, expressed his excitement about returning to the vibrant city amidst a string of spectacular events set to unfold through the end of 2023.

“We had the pleasure of attending the press conference in San Francisco just yesterday for Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis, gearing up for the WBC World Super-Lightweight Title fight on December 9. But our focus this week shifts to what we expect to be an exhilarating fight between the should-be undisputed World Champion and Jorge Linares, the ‘Brit Destroyer.’ This fight, along with an exceptional undercard, will be available live on DAZN globally,” Hearn stated.

Jack Catterall, brimming with anticipation, shared his thoughts: “Jorge’s frequent appearances here have made him a familiar figure to the fans, contributing significantly to the hype surrounding the fight. Learning that Jorge was my next opponent immediately spurred me into action. He’s a seasoned fighter who’s enjoyed his moments of glory, but now it’s my turn to shine.”

“The news of him reuniting with coach Ismael Salas has only served to intensify my training regimen. Given his history as a three-time World Champion, I wouldn’t dare underestimate him or look beyond this fight. I recognize the stakes here — the victor secures a spot for more prominent fights ahead.”

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“My career goal has always been to capture a World Championship title. While that’s still a work in progress, I’m confident in my potential to achieve it. Of course, we’ve speculated about future fights, but none of that will come to fruition unless I triumph over Jorge this Saturday.”

Jorge Linares reflected on his history and upcoming challenge: “England, particularly London and Manchester, holds many fond memories for me, including bouts with Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla. But now is a different era, with a new opponent. I regard Catterall as a World Champion in his own right, considering his unblemished record.”

“This fight is monumental for me, especially as I near the end of my professional career. I’ve never felt better, as if I’m in my twenties again. I’m thrilled to be here and don’t intend to waste words; my focus is on delivering an unforgettable fight with Jack.”

“Despite my recent defeats, they’re not a focal point for me. I acknowledge the caliber of my opponent, but this isn’t unfamiliar territory. I’ve prepared extensively and had a fantastic training camp.”

Roberto Diaz, Jorge Linares’ Manager: “Thanks to Eddie and all associated with Matchroom and DAZN, and to team Jack Catterall for this chance. Jorge is approaching the twilight of his career, but his current motivation reminds me of his prime days. Having defeated British fighters thrice in the UK, we’re aiming for a fourth victory. We recognize and appreciate Jack’s unbeaten record, but come October 21st, we believe it will be tarnished.”

Catterall taking on Linares is the main event in a thrilling night of action on Merseyside. Liverpool’s rapidly rising star, with a record of 7-0 (5 KOs), Super-Bantamweight boxer Peter McGrail is set to battle for his first professional title. His opponent? The undefeated Colombian, Fran Mendoza, with the vacant WBA Continental Title on the line.

From Oldham, the Super-Featherweight contender Aqib Fiaz (12-0, 1 KO) begins the live broadcast on DAZN, setting the stage for a crucial fight against Watford’s Reece Bellotti (16-5, 13 KOs). The prize? The vacant Commonwealth Title, which also serves as a British Title Final Eliminator.

Stoke’s undefeated Super-Bantamweight talent, Shabaz Masoud (11-0, 4 KOs) is stepping into the ring as a Matchroom boxer for the first time since signing a multi-deal with Eddie Hearn. He’s defending his WBA Intercontinental title against the experienced Jose Sanmartin from Colombia (34-7-1, 21 KOs).

Chester’s very own Paddy Lacey (8-0, 1 KO) is making a comeback, this time against Heysham’s Owen Kirk (3-1-2). Hyde’s Super-Lightweight Campbell Hatton (13-0, 5 KOs) is back for his fifth round this year, fresh from his win over Tom Ansell during Joshua vs. Helenius’ supporting fights.

Meanwhile, Bolton’s Khaleel Majid (11-0, 3 KOs) aims to keep the momentum going after his recent victory in Birmingham.

Leicester’s Super-Bantamweight talent, Muhammad Ali (3-0, 1 KO) is eager to claim another win, aiming for a 4-0 record. Manchester’s Super-Welterweight William Crolla (1-0) is preparing for his second professional fight, and ‘El Terrier’ Jack Turner (2-0, 2 KOs) is ready to show his skills in his hometown for the first time.

If you’re looking to be a part of this thrilling evening, tickets for Catterall vs. Linares are available at various prices, ranging from £40 to £250 for VIP seats. Secure your spot by purchasing through Stage Front now.

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All Set for Catterall vs. Linares: Your Questions Answered for the October 21st Fight Night

Q: When is the Catterall vs. Linares fight scheduled?
A: Mark Saturday, October 21 on your schedule. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. UK time or 2 p.m. ET, with the main event slated for approximately 11:11 p.m. UK / 6:11 p.m. ET, subject to change depending on undercard fight durations.

Q: Where can I stream the Catterall vs. Linares fight?
A: Catch the live stream on DAZN, available in over 200 countries globally (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

Q: Where will the fight take place?
A: The fighters will square off at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England.

Q: Could you tell me more about Jack Catterall?
A: Absolutely, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Nationality: British
  • Birth Date: July 1, 1993
  • Height: 5′ 7″
  • Reach: 69″
  • Fight Record: 27 wins, 1 loss (13 KOs) in 28 total fights

Q: What about Jorge Linares? What’s his background?
A: Of course, here are Linares’ details:

  • Nationality: Venezuelan
  • Birth Date: August 22, 1985
  • Height: 5′ 8″
  • Reach: 69″
  • Fight Record: 47 wins, 8 losses (29 KOs) in 55 total fights

Q: What does the fight card look like for the night?
A: It’s a stacked card, with the highlights being:

  • Jack Catterall vs. Jorge Linares, 12 rounds, for the WBA Intercontinental super lightweight title
  • Peter McGrail vs. Fran Mendoza, 10 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Shabaz Masoud vs. Jose Sanmartin, 10 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Aqib Fiaz vs. Reece Bellotti, 12 rounds, for the vacant Commonwealth junior lightweight title
  • Paddy Lacey vs. Owen Kirk, 8 rounds, middleweights
  • Campbell Hatton vs. Jamie Sampson, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Khaleel Majid vs. Tom Farrell, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Muhammad Mustafa Ali vs. Giulio Commerso, 6 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Jack Turner vs. an opponent yet to be announced, 6 rounds, bantamweights
  • William Crolla vs. Martin Shaw, 4 rounds, welterweights

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