Buckhannon boxer Dakota Linger prepares for Thursday’s bout


Dakota Linger is from Buckhannon. His first professional fight was just three years ago. But he’s already climbing the national boxing ranks. And he’s getting set for the biggest match of his young career. 

“Yeah I feel very confident. We’ve had a real good week training. I was in decent shape because I had a fight prior to this. I feel like we can go up there and win it,” he said.

Linger will face Puerto Rico’s Danielito Zorrilla, who’s a product of Oscar De La Hoya teaching. 
Separated by just 25 spots in the world rankings, this is the opportunity to take Linger’s career to a national stage permanently​​​​​​​. 

“Like I was telling everybody earlier it could lead to a lot of things. He wins this fight, not only this door, but a whole bunch of other doors open,” said Linger’s trainer, Tim Wheeler, who’s a former boxer from Shinnston himself.  

Wheeler, Linger, and his supporting cast leave for Orange County California on Tuesday. 

As final preparations take place. making weight is the only thing separating him from one of Thursday’s two co-featured fights on a national broadcast. 

“Training has been going good. We only had one week’s notice, so it’s been short notice to get all this training done in one week. But I feel that we’re ready. We’re going to go up there and see if we can’t win,” Linger said.  

The “Lone Wolf” needs to be a lean 140 pounds for weigh-in on Wednesday. 

After that, it’s up to eight rounds of Linger versus Zorrilla. 

We’ll continue our coverage Linger leading up to his fight Thursday evening. Continue to check back for more stories. 

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