Though the fight was touch-and-go in recent weeks, the highly anticipated bout between lightweight world champion Jorge Linares and junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is a done deal.
Linares will defend his 135-pound crown against Lomachenko, who will move up from 130 pounds, on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York in the main event of a Top Rank ESPN card, multiple sources with knowledge of the contract signing told ESPN.
Venezuela's Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), 32, who fights out of Las Vegas, has won world titles in three weight classes (featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight) and will be making the fourth defense of his second lightweight title reign.
When he won a junior lightweight title in his seventh fight in 2016, he set the record for fewest fights to win a world title in two weight classes.
If he defeats Linares in his 12th fight, Lomachenko will set the record for fewest fights needed to win a world title in three divisions.