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It’s 23 September for Linares v Campbell

Recently, you may recall, we covered the situation whereby the WBA had decreed that their world lightweight champion, Jorge Linares, was duly obliged, within a certain time-frame, to arrange a fight against his mandatory challenger, Luke Campbell.

Campbell had achieved WBA mandatory status by beating Darley’s Perez, back in April, taking his professional record to 17-1.

Yesterday, news broke that a date for the fight had been agreed with the Venezuelan and the Hull fighter set to go head-to-head on 23rd September in Los Angeles.

Linares will be a huge test for Campbell with the Venezuelan having held four world title across three different weight divisions throughout his fifteen years in the game.

His last two fights have both been against Manchester’s Anthony Crolla, with Linares winning both on the score-cards.

Talking about meeting Campbell, Linares remarked to the media,

'I know Luke Campbell is a tough competitor with an incredible amateur and professional background, but I am confident that I will emerge victorious.”

Campbell, 29-years-of-age, remains confident about his chances and has remarked to the media,

'I've worked from Olympic champion to the number one spot in the WBA and WBC rankings, and I feel now is the time to take my chance.”

Before also adding,

'All the pressure is on Jorge and I am so confident I am going to leave with all three belts.

'I have tremendous respect for Jorge and this is going to be an unbelievable fight but this is the opportunity I have been waiting for as a professional and I must and will take it.'


Linares has a fight record that reads 42 wins from 45 contests and is also the holder of the WBC Diamond title and Ring Magazine belts, both of which will also be on the line on 23 September.

Can Campbell pull off a famous victory across the pond?


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 28 2017

Time: 12:38PM

 

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