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Luke Campbell Vs Jorge Linares : WBA Lightweight, WBC Diamond Title Fight

Luke Campbell Vs Jorge Linares : WBA Lightweight, WBC Diamond Title Fight

The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell will be challenging Jorge Linares for the WBA Lightweight title in Los Angeles come September 23.

Campbell will be having his first world title challenge where Venezuelan Linares will put WBA lightweight and WBC Diamond titles on the line as well as the coveted Ring Magazine honour at the Fabulous Forum. 

"It's an honour to be fighting Jorge Linares for the WBA World title, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine titles in one of the biggest fights in the division." said Campbell.
"I've worked my way from Olympic champion to the No.1 spot in the WBA and WBC rankings, and I feel now is the time to take my chance.
The WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine titles are on the line. 

"All the pressure is on Jorge headlining back in the States on HBO 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 on September 23."

The Venezuelan will be looking to increases his recent wins against British opponents to four after defeating Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla (twice) in London and Manchester, respectively.

"I am excited to make my return to the United States and to headline an HBO show for the first time," Linares said.

"I know Luke Campbell is a tough competitor with an incredible amateur and professional background, but I am confident that I will emerge victorious on September 23."

Campbell has had five victories since his surprise victory against Yvan Mendy in 2015, stopping his previous three opponents inside the distance and most recent outing saw him overcome Darleys Perez at Wembley Stadium.

"Luke is the most successful amateur the UK has ever produced, capturing Olympic gold in London 2012 and as professional has now become the mandatory challenger with the WBA," said promoter Eddie Hearn.

"He is a razor sharp fighter that can punch with both hands and this match up is one of tremendous skill and speed. We have been on the receiving end of three Linares defeats in the UK but Luke comes full of expectation and belief to become world champion on September 23."

Oscar De La Hoya, also came through the Olympic path before making himself a let gems boxing at five different weight classes and expect his Campbell to break boundaries in the fight.

"By fighting all over the world, Linares has established himself as an international fan favorite with a reputation for lightening quick hands, solid power and crafty defense," he said.

"I know how hard it is to win an Olympic gold medal, and given Campbell's exciting style and punching power, we are in for an action-packed fight on September 23rd."
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