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Linares to host Cano in homecoming defense

Jorge Linares, left, will defend his lightweight title in his home country of Venezuela. Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Lightweight titlist Jorge Linares will defend his belt against Ivan Cano on Oct. 18 in Caracas, Venezuela, Linares’ home country, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told ESPN.com.

Linares’ homecoming fight was initially slated for Oct. 10, when he did not yet have an opponent, but it was moved to the new date and Cano was tabbed as the opponent for the bout this week.

Linares (39-3, 26 KOs), a former junior lightweight and featherweight titlist, fights primarily in Japan and the United States and has not boxed at home since 2010. In Linares’ last fight, he made his first lightweight defense against mandatory challenger Kevin Mitchell in London on May 30 and won by 10th-round knockout in a very exciting fight in which both men were knocked down.

Cano (23-6-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico, has a pedestrian resume. In his most notable fight, he was stopped by contender Dierry Jean in the 11th round in October 2012.