By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-time world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares of Venezuala says his goal in boxing is to win five world titles and also begin to provide support for the children in his country. Linares is planning to move his training and family life to Los Angeles and expects to fight four times in 2011. At the moment he does not know who his next opponent will be.
Regarding his October 24 fight with faded 37-year-old ex-champ Jesus Chavez in Japan, Linares said, “I felt calm. I was comfortable, had great patience, was more decisive, strong and I liked the work we did. I don’t know if he was really hurt [the fight was stopped after Chavez claimed a shoulder injury], but the important thing is that it didn’t continue because it could have ended with an ugly, explosive knockout. He couldn’t see out of his left eye from the second round.”
After his ring career, Linares commented that he’d like to remain in boxing as a trainer or manager.