Linares vs. Campbell—Gold against Gold

By Marc Livitz on September 21, 2017
Linares vs. Campbell—Gold against Gold
Very few eyes weren’t focused on the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

The replay of “Supremacy” is to be coupled by a well matched, highly significant world championship contest between Jorge Linares and Luke Campbell…

Legions of boxing fans are eagerly awaiting this Saturday’s telecast of HBO World Championship Boxing. The likely cause for the anticipation is the network’s usual custom of re-airing a high profile contest which took place a week earlier and this Saturday is no exception. Of course, last weekend in Las Vegas, very few eyes weren’t focused on the championship showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. The bout may be classified by some as one for the ages, but not because of its outcome. Rather and oddly so, a well advertised and customarily talked-up contest actually lived up to its billing. As we know, this is not always the case. One egregious scorecard shouldn’t ruin the night and in terms of how close the bout actually turned out to be can be viewed for a second time in just a few days. 

A topic of interest which shouldn’t be overlooked is the fact that the replay of “Supremacy” is to be coupled by a well matched, highly significant world championship contest between Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares and Luke Campbell. Linares (42-3, 27 KO’s) holds the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine World Lightweight titles, while Campbell (17-1, 14 KO’s) is a gold medalist from the 2012 Olympic Games. The contest will take place this Saturday evening at the legendary Fabulous Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. Campbell has fought outside of his native United Kingdom just once while Linares, who hails from Venezuela but is a product of the famed Teiken Gym in Tokyo, Japan, has fought in multiple countries around the world. He’s also held titles at super bantamweight and featherweight.

Jorge seems to have recovered well from a disastrous period in late 2011 and early 2012, when he suffered consecutive knockout defeats in savage fashion at the hands of Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson, respectively.

Since that time, Linares has rattled off eleven consecutive victories, seven of which have ended by way of a stoppage. He recently completed a twenty-four-round, two-fight saga with Anthony Crolla. Each contest went to the scorecards and took place in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

“This is a great fight for me and I am the first Venezuelan boxer to headline an HBO show,” said Linares on Wednesday after a media workout in Los Angeles.
“This is a huge privilege. I hope that with this fight, I leave a big enough impression and make Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken Promotions and HBO proud. Luke Campbell is a young and hungry fighter and that can be a critical difference in the ring. Being a former Olympic fighter, the big lights and cameras won’t scare him off and neither does being the underdog.

“My experience and my mentality for this fight is what set me apart. I have trained all over the world—from Japan, to Panama to the U.K. I have a well-round boxing curriculum. Since my loss to Antonio DeMarco at Staples Center in Los Angeles, I am a completely different fighter. I am ready more than ever to capture fans here in the U.S.” 

Luke Campbell is definitely up against it, so to speak, yet he seems to be ready for the challenge at hand.

“Fighting on such a big stage doesn’t change the preparation,” Campbell said on Wednesday. “Motivation is a massive thing. I’m fighting on the biggest network out there. It’s a fantastic way to introduce myself to the American market. I’m excited to watch. I don’t know much about Jorge Linares. Obviously, he’s a three-division world champion. This is my opportunity to show what I’ve got.”

Saturday’s telecast of HBO World Championship Boxing airs at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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  1. Koolz 12:24pm, 09/22/2017

    Yes I can’t wait for this!
    I feel Linares is going to be to fast to sharp for Campbell to handle.
    Linares likes to throw an amazing uppercut through the jab as a counter.

    His feet are really fast and once he gets the distance down he has blinding fast combos.

    Watching him train is impressive.

    To me this is just another level Campbell hasn’t reached.
    Going to be a fantastic fight!

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