Lem Satterfield

Full house at the Wild Card

Former WBC featherweight and WBA junior lightweight beltholder Jorge Linares, WBA and IBF junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan, southpaw eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao and WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could all be training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., as early as Monday, according to trainer Freddie Roach, who owns the gym.

“The thing is, I’ve got four title fights coming up, and I’ve got champions who are probably going to be in the gym on Monday,” said Roach, a five-time Trainer of The Year.

“So we’ve got Linares, and we’ve got Pacquiao, and we’ve got Chavez Jr., and then we’ve got Amir Khan, so I’m just working on the scheduling and things.”

The 26-year-old Linares (31-1, 20 KOs) will bring a streak of four wins with two consecutive knockouts into his clash with 25-year-old southpaw Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) for the WBC’s lightweight belt on Oct. 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

The 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) has an HBO Pay Per View-televised defense of his WBO welterweight belt opposite 38-year-old WBO and WBA lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A week later, the 25-year-old Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) has a scheduled matchup opposite Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-6, 20 KOs) on Nov. 19.

The 24-year-old Khan then defends his belts opposite Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) on Dec. 10 at the Washington Convention Center.

“I’m going to break the times up a little bit. I can work Chavez Jr. and Amir together just because they get along well and so forth,” said Roach. “Linares is in his last week before he fights, so it will be his last day of sparring. And Manny will get his full attention that he deserves.”

Also present at the gym will be 25-year-old super middleweight Peter Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs), who is scheduled to face southpaw Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) on Nov. 5.

“I’m going to have Peter Quillin in there also,” said Roach. “He’s going to be fighting Craig McEwan, so he’ll be in that rotation also.”

Roach and Pacquiao landed in Los Angeles on Saturday night after three weeks of training in Baguio City, Philippines, where Pacquiao and Linares often sparred in preparation for their upcoming bouts.

Linares-DeMarco is on the undercard to the main event featuring 46-year-old RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs), holder of a record 20 title defenses as undisputed middleweight champion, against southpaw Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) on HBO Pay Per View.


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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