It has been confirmed that Hull’s Luke Campbell will challenge Jorge Linares for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight titles on September 23rd in Los Angeles.
It will be Luke’s first shot at a world title since turning professional, and he certainly can’t be accused of taking the easy route.
Alongside Mikey Garcia, Linares is considered by many fans as the elite of the Lightweight division, and with good reason.
Having amassed 42 victories from a 45 fight career, picking up world titles in 3 different weight divisions along the way, Linares has demonstrated his class on more than one occasion already.
Campbell meanwhile has also showed his class both as an amateur en route to an Olympic Gold Medal, and also as a professional albeit at a lower level to Linares.
Fighting overseas for only the second time as a professional, Luke will certainly be up against it in more ways than one. However, both men have shown superb form recently so we could be in for a very interesting fight.
Both men deserve a lot of respect for taking this fight. Luke especially could have pursued an arguably easier route to a world title via reigning WBO champion Terry Flanagan.
Whilst Linares could have vacated the title in pursuit of bigger paydays. But thankfully for the fans, both men have stepped up to the plate and will put it all on the line in an intriguing match up for the number 1 spot in the division.
Will the classy Champion know too much for his less experienced opponent? Or is the timing right for the young, hungry challenger?
Article by Owen Hammond