Hull’s Olympic Gold medal winning boxer, Luke Campbell, has been talking ahead of his world title fight against the WBA Lightweight Champion of the World Jorge Linares. The biggest night of his professional Boxing career is set for September 23rd in Los Angeles when he will enter the ring to face a four time world champion across three weight classes. This will be a massive challenge for Campbell but it is also a massive opportunity and Hull’s favourite son is certainly looking forward to the fight.
Campbell told Sky Sports News, “It’s what every boxer dreams of, I’m fighting for a World Title, this is what boxings all about!”. You could see from the look on his face Campbell is genuinely looking forward to the challenge. He is a down to earth lad who is living his dream and he alluded to that in the interview.
Although he is looking forward to the fight Campbell did acknowledge he is doing it the hard way against Linares as he commented on fighting in LA, “I’m doing it the hard way going to his back garden, He’s the reigning world champion, one of the best champions out there, I want to be in the best fights and fight the best opponents”.
Jorge Linares cannot be underestimated. His two most recent fights have been against Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla and he has won both with his second win being particularly emphatic against one of Britain’s brightest boxing stars. Campbell commented on a Crolla fight saying, “it was a great performance, he got the job done in style”. That is not surprising as Linares has been a World Champion in the Featherweight, Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions so his quality is there for all to see. Can Campbell beat him? Well that remains to be seen but Campbell is up for the fight.
Unlike Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor’s increasingly staged and cringey pre-fight antics there is nothing but respect between Campbell and Linares. While this doesn’t provide Box Office style build up it is refreshing to see and Linares was quick to show his respect for Campbell, “I have very good respect with Luke Campbell, it’s a big opportunity to fight an Olympic champ”. Despite the respect between the two both fighters know that all stops when the fight starts and Linares alluded to that, “It’s boxing you have respect for all the boxers, but when you start the first round you lose everything” and Campbell quipped “Just don’t ring a bell!”.
The final word went to Campbell who couldn’t hide his excitement ahead of the fight “it’s going to be a great fight, I’m excited for the opportunity, HBO and Sky are showing it so it’s going to be a massive event!”. Campbell will soon head back to America to continue his training and we all hope that come September 23rd he can upset the odds and add a World Title to his Olympic Gold Medal.