Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell

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Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell
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3.5
Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Location: 
Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
135
Titles at Stake: 
WBO lightweight world title
Referee: 
Jack Reiss

Official Judging
Victor Loughlin 113 - 115
Max De Luca 114 - 113
Zack Young 115 - 112

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In a very good fight, a very competitive, close fight, Jorge Linares boxes very well, earns a split decision to defend his title against tough, strong Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell.

Linares got off to a great start, dropping Campbell heavily in round 2, taking a clear lead after 3 rounds, just faster, looked stronger as well, and his experience at this level, it just seemed to set him slightly above his less experienced opponent. Campbell did great, in rounds 4-9, he won the majority of these rounds, when he put the pressure on Linares, he hit him with very good shots to head and body, the jab, left to the body stopping the champion on his tracks at times, the right hook as well, a great weapon for Campbell.

Campbell was still strong late in the fight, and the rounds were close, but Linares managed to find the tools, use of what he had left in the tank, to get the best of the championship rounds, and with that, it looked like a probably narrow, certainly not easy, but clear win for Jorge Linares.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Jorge Linares
                                                                    
9.91
10
10
9
9.83
9
9.08
9.16
9.41
9.83
10
10
Luke Campbell
                                                                    
9.08
8
9
10
9.16
10
9.91
9.83
9.66
9.16
9
9


Fan Cards: Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell


scorecard by JVVL95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
114
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
113


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by ARJ GUY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
116
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
112


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
116
LUKE CAMPBELL
10
8
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
111


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
117
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
112


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JORGE LINARES
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
115
LUKE CAMPBELL
9
8
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
112


Comments

rorschach's picture

Well now this one is very interesting, Linares is the master craftsmen in there, but Campbell has really come along in that regard and has some real good pop. Campbell is a real live dog in this one because of his power, age advantage, and less miles on the gastank. Linares has been chiney in the past, but has learned from his mistakes, knows his limitations and protects him well with his strengths now. My prediction is Linares by close decision, in a fight where Campbell really gives Jorge a run for his money, but Linares neeeds to stay focused and on top of his game all night because Luke has the power to end this one early.

Champion97's picture

Prediction, Part 1,

I love this match up, I think it will be a fantastic fight, a very interesting one as well, the purists will love it, the hardcore fans will love, it will just be an awesome fight!

Jorge Linares is a great fighter, experienced, awkward, he has blurring, blistering hand speed, which stands out to me when he unloads combinations on his opponent, he moves well, he can punch, he has great shot selection, a lot of ring IQ, and he can make opponents pay for small mistakes. Linares won the WBC featherweight world title back in 2007, when he defeated Oscar Larios, he defended the belt 3 times, before suffering defeat to then unbeaten Mexican warrior, Juan Carlos Salgado, this was his first loss. Linares bounced back from defeat, securing 4 victories, 2 of which, came against known fighters, Rocky Juarez, and Jesus Chavez. In 2011, Linares too on Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC lightweight world title, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Linares boxed very well, dominating a large portion of the fight, and after 10 rounds, leading by no less than 6 points, before tiring, and being bettered and brutally stopped in a crushing defeat in round 11. 5 months after his defeat to DeMarco, Linares fought in Cancun, taking on Mexican contender, Sergio Thompson, he boxed well for 3 minutes, but then, devastatingly, was stopped in the second, as he fell to his second consecutive defeat, his third career defeat, leaving the remainder of the rest of his career, questionable. Linares proved that the 3 defeats he had suffered weren't enough to stop him chasing his goal, as he returned to winning ways 6 months after the Thompson defeat. Linares gradually built himself up again, until he had won 6 fights in a row, and was in a position to fight for a world title again. In the closing 48 hours of the year 2014, Linares fought Javier Prieto (a tough competitor, 24-7-2 at the time), in Tokyo. Linares proved to be levels above Prieto, as he dominated, stopped him in 4 rounds after winning the first 3 on all three scorecards, Linares became a world champion again, winning the vacant WBC lightweight world title, the very belt which he failed to win against Antonio DeMarco. In May 2015, Linares travelled to the UK to defend his belt against solid Southern English competitor, and more than worthy world title challenger, Kevin Mitchell, the fight was interesting, Mitchell have Linares a very tough time, won rounds, looked like he was well on his way to a victory, before Linares rallied to stop Mitchell in the 10th round, defending his title. After making the second successful defence of his title in his home country, Linares came back to the UK, to take on popular warrior, former severe assault victim come world champion, great success story, Anthony 'Million Dollar' Crolla. I believed Crolla would be too much for Linares, I was wrong, because although Crolla did very well, I thought it was quite close, Linares really came to life and then some in the last 2-3 rounds, to clearly win them in fantastic form, he was then awarded a unanimous decision victory from the judges, taking a disappointed but still proud, applauded Crolla's WBA title. In March 2017, Linares came back to Manchester, to take on Anthony Crolla again, in a highly anticipated rematch. Crolla started well, using his jab, applying pressure, but Linares seemed to take the edge as the rounds went on, and by round 6, the fight had become one sided, he was taking over, and it seemed as if Linares was running away with it. Linares stunned Crolla in the 7th round with a lethal left uppercut which seemed to come from nowhere, and drop the Mancunian. Crolla dug deep, gave it everything he could, having better rounds in rounds 8 and 9, but Linares still issusive, Crolla, unable to hurt Linares, and becoming more and more frustrated. Linares out boxed, and punished Crolla in rounds 10 and 11 to make Crolla's trainer consider retiring his fighter from the fight, but the last 3 minutes came, with Crolla given a chance to go out on his shield, active, aggressive, and Linares not needing the last round, Crolla was the one chasing the fight, but Linares, still catching him on the counter, still moving though having slowed down, and after the close final round, it was clear to everyone who had won the fight. Linares won 10/12 rounds on all 3 scorecards, impressing everybody with his emphatic victory. After the Crolla victory, many of us were talking about a unification fight between Linares and Mikey Garcia, with this being one of a few potential super fights which were options for great match ups in the lightweight division. Linares was in attendance at Wembley stadium when Joshua vs Klitschko took place, on the undercard, he watched potential opponent, Olympic Gold medalist, Hull's Luke Campbell secure an impressive 9th round stoppage against Colombian former world champion, Darleys Perez, and congratulated him, they were sportsmanlike, respectful to each other as they talked about meeting in the ring. This is the type of fight Linares should be involved in, a tough fight, that is what a real champion wants, a challenge, Linares is a true champion, no bum beater, and I don't think there are many tougher opponents out there for him at 135 than Campbell.

Luke Campbell is a fantastic fighter, I have always been a fan of his, I remember him winning his Olympic gold medal in London, 2012, having won a silver medal in the amateur Championships the previous year. Campbell made his professional debut in July 2013, winning in one round, being asked 'what was it like being hit without a head shield for the first time?', and answering honestly, 'well, I didn't actually get hit tonight'. By June 2015, Campbell had boxed his way to a solid record of 11-0 (9 KOs), with his professional career going smoothly. Campbell and fellow Hull born fighter Tommy Coyle built up a rivalry, and although they were friends, they wanted to make the fight more intense, add some drama, which got the fans more excited for their fight which would take place at the start of August. Campbell proved to be levels above Coyle, dominating the fight, winning most of the rounds, and stopping Coyle in round 10, winning the WBC international lightweight title. Campbell fought tough Frenchman, Yvan Mendy in December 2015, on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's grudge match against bitter rival, Dillian Whyte. Campbell was able to land shots on Mendy early, but a lot of the shots were bouncing of the Frenchman, and Mendy was having his fair share of success, and in round 5, Mendy hurt, dropped Campbell, and appeared to be taking over the fight. Mendy didn't wilt as the fight went on, Campbell adapted, adjusted, rallied late, showing a lot of guts and stamina, but it wasn't enough to keep his unbeaten record, as he lost a split decision. It was tough for Campbell after his shock defeat, but he bounced right back, joining forces with former trainer of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Rubio, and fighting solid fighter, Gary Sykes, for the vacat commonwealth lightweight title, in Sheffield. Campbell made a statement, stopping Sykes in 2 rounds. In July of 2016, Campbell won the WBC silver lightweight title, getting off the canvas to out point tough veteran, Argenis Mendez, with a wide decision. In October, Campbell fought in Liverpool, on the undercard of Tony Bellew's first world title defence, battering, destructing known tough guy, and dangerous fighter, Derry Matthews, in 4 rounds. After making quick work of Mexican opponent, Jario Lopez in February, Campbell boxed on a massive bill, taking on former world champion, Darleys Perez, on the undercard of Joshua vs Klitschko, after a fairly slow start, Campbell started to take control in the fourth round, and boxed very well throughout to round 9, when a dejected and discouraged Perez seemed to want no more, meaning Campbell didn't have the opportunity to complete the 12, or get rid of Perez with an impressive finish. In his post fight interview, Jorge Linares appeared, and him and Luke agreed to fight at some stage. I think for Campbell, being almost 30, I he is at the point in his career in which, he is as good as he is going to get, he is coming off 5 solid wins in a row, his confidence as a fighter, I think is at a very high level, and I think he will more determined when he is challenged, so for Campbell, I think there is no time like the present, I'm sure he'll relish this opportunity, it is a fight against a big name, a veteran, maybe not the weak link out of the champions in the division, maybe also not a top 10 pound for pound fighter who Campbell will even slightly doubt his chances against, so I think this is the best opportunity, the most ideal fight which Campbell could be involved in at this stage of his career.

Champion97's picture

Prediction, Part 2,

Jorge Linares is the favourite, I think he might be quite a heavy favourite, but I believe that the underdog, Luke Campbell, will shock the world, and box the fight of his life, he'll beat Linares, and he'll become a world champion. Linares, some say, has come of age, he is not an old champion, he is 32, so young, still in his prime, but experienced, he looked better than ever against Crolla back in March, but I believe Linares is still a relatively vulnerable fighter, he has been stopped 3 times, past fights suggest, his chin is not made of steel, there is no reason whatsoever to question his heart, bravery, but history suggests, that when Linares is on the receiving end, he can come apart, he looked far from unbeatable, far from unstoppable against Kevin Mitchell, and Mitchell is no Campbell. I think Linares has flaws, weaknesses which an opponent can target, and he has a style which makes he himself, work very hard round after round, I think while Linares is no 'champion' like Charles Martin, and I think he is a stronger champion in the division than Manchester's Terry Flanagan, he is no Terence Crawford, no Floyd Mayweather Jr, and the wrong opponent for him can give him a torrid time in the ring. If you look at Luke Campbell's boxing record, you see he has had 18 fights, and has loss to his name, not out standing, he hasn't looked convincing at first glance in recent fights, in terms of dominating opponents to the extent that he looks like he is anything special at top level although clearly a good all round boxer to say the very least. Luke Campbell is the business in the ring in my opinion, not only is he an awkward southpaw, but his offence is very unpredictable, his variety of great, he is fantastic and mixing it up from head to body, he is tall, long arms as well, and when he lets the punches go, his combinations are very fast, Campbell also has no trouble over the 12 round distance, he has only been 12 rounds twice in his career, but his stamina is fantastic, he was strong in the late rounds against Mendy. Campbell has improved a lot and made some great adjustments as well since joining forces with Jorge Rubio.

I think Linares will start fast, moving, changing directions, with Campbell able to get close, but not close enough to get his shots off, and Linares probably nicks the opening session with a couple of fast flurries while Campbell is made to miss with a few lead lefts and lands little. I think Campbell will brings cheers out of his Yorkshire supporters in the crowd as he lands a solid right hook on the jaw of Linares in round 2, and follows it up with a great left to the body, in another quiet round which Linares does most of the work in. I think Linares will find his rhythm in round 3, as he unleashes some fast, vicious flurries on punches onto his opponent, with Campbell still patient, not frustrated, but coming up short. Round 4 will be even better for Linares as he manages to put Campbell on the floor with a fantastic right hand in what looked like another quiet round, before Campbell gets up, not badly hurt, recovering, and taking more fast punches from Linares in the closing stages of the round, very well.

I think Campbell will show he has more than a plan A in round 5 as he starts off the round very sensibly, jabbing to the body of Linares, managing to pin him on the ropes, and landing a head, body combination clean through the defensive guard of the Venezuelan, and managing to block most of the responsive offensive period of punches from Linares, making the fight very interesting, putting Linares on the back foot, with the champion deciding to somewhat surrender a round which he will feel he'll struggle to win, being intelligent, conservative, hoping for Campbell to get too adventurous, over exert himself for the remainder of the round, but the challenger, too intelligent himself, knowing it is Linares how needs to throw some punches, do some offensive work to win the round, he will sustain pressure, but work no harder that Linares, and throw few punches, wisely. It will be clear to everyone at this stage that Campbell belongs at this level, after 5 rounds, he will be behind, but in the fight, and making it interesting. I can see Campbell working consistently behind his shots in round 6, with Linares moving well, showing versatility, landing with a couple of stand out two punch combinations as he punishes Campbell for throwing single punches, but I think when Campbell manages to back Linares up, put him in a position where he doesn't want to be, he will throw 3, 4 punch combinations, and find a fair bit of accuracy, not hurting Linares, but landing clean, sharp shots. I think round 7 will be another close round of similar competition, Campbell, the busier, the more aggressive, landing more clean punches (and in this round, landing with more snap in his punches, targeting the body slightly more) Linares, in spots, using his spectacular hand speed, accuracy, variety, landing few blistering, eye catching combinations, landing the harder punches, not hurting Campbell, but having great success, and causing a cut below the eye of Luke Campbell. I think round 8 will be a bad round for Campbell, irrelevant to facial damage although viewers may see it is a sign he could be coming apart, as Linares hurts Campbell with a massive right uppercut in the middle of the round, capitalising, putting hurtful combinations together, working very hard, believing it could be the end for Campbell. I think Campbell will withstand the torrid onslaught from Linares, who works very hard in what was a good round for him, but Campbell seeing the shots coming, able to withstand them better, recovering towards the end of the round, and it will have taken a lot of Linares.

I think Linares will appear to take his foot of the gas in round 9, as he spends the first minute moving, and not throwing, with Campbell patiently stalking him, landing a couple of solid body shots, and appearing to hurt Linares with the second, as Linares holds on, able to kill some time, frustrate Campbell, seem to recover, I think Linares will come to life, catch Campbell with another uppercut which he doesn't anticipate at all, but he recovered very quickly, take this one very well, but Linares will still unload a couple of big burst of punches, finding accuracy, but not as much as he thought he would, and Campbell, able to absorb the punches, as he patiently follows a tiring Linares, sensing his feet slowing down, making an uncomfortable Linares miss with a few shots, and landing a right hook himself in an otherwise blocked burst of punches in the last 20 seconds, before, blocking a combination from Linares, slipping a couple of shots as well, before catching the champion with a fantastic left cross bang on the chin right on the bell shaking the legs of Linares, bringing roars from the British fans in the Arena. I can see Linares recovering on his stool, and aiming to outbox Campbell negatively in round 10, and he hopes for Campbell to rush in throwing wild swings, timing give him easy openings for counters, but Campbell will apply educated pressure. I think the talent, stand out work from Linares with his blistering hand speed will still be a factor, as he lands accurately against Campbell, throwing from awkward angles, but Campbell will overwhelm Linares in the middle minute of the round, overpower his opponent, rip away the body with some vicious hooks and uppercuts which take more steam out of the champion who will be in deep waters, I think Linares will really tire towards the end of the round, with his feet substantially slower than they were, he will have no choice but to stand toe to toe with Campbell, making the fight more entertaining as they open up and exchange shots in the last 30 seconds, with Campbell gradually out fighting Linares, pummelling him in the last 10 seconds, as Campbell, the fresher, the now stronger puncher, the man who is taking control of the fight, starting to look the boss, after a close round, it will be Linares, looking bloody, fatigued, walking slowly back to his corner. I think there will be a degree of urgency from Jorge Rubio, wanting Campbell to go on the offensive in the last 6 minutes of the fight, but not desperation, or real signs of frustrating, being behind, but Campbell and Rubio know they're getting to the champion, hurting him, and they will think they are breaking him, I think Linares will be in a lot of bother in his corner, but he will be determined to do everything in his power to keep his belt, he will dig deep, but not look like a fighter who will win the championship rounds in relation to Campbell.

I think Campbell will dominate round 11, just wearing a still mobile Linares down in the first minute, but letting the shots go as the round goes on, and in the last minute, he will have Linares on the ropes, on the defensive, trying to block the shots from Campbell, but Campbell will get through as he unloads a flurry of hooks and uppercuts to head and body, with Linares trying to hold his way through the 11th round, I think Campbell will continue to punish Linares, and catch him with some big shots which knock him backwards in the closing 20 seconds, with the Linares fans wanting away, as their man is taking a brutal beating. I think Campbell will pick up right where he left off in the last round, meeting Linares in the centre of the ring, and unleashing a barrage of big shots on the champion after the two athlete's touch gloves. I think Campbell will batter Linares along the ropes, after out slugging him, pushing him back towards the ropes, and I think Campbell will put the champion down with a devastating body shot, with Linares down in agony, almost unable to breathe, I think he will show the world he is a true champion, he has the heart of a warrior, and he will get up, only to be attacked with more hooks and uppercuts to body and head, and he'll fall to his knees from exhaustion and accumulation of punishment some long 20 seconds later, to then get up off the canvas once more, with the referee hesitantly letting the fight continue, as he watches a defenceless Linares take 5-10 massive punches from a still strong Campbell, with the ropes pretty much keeping him up, which then makes him jump to the wise, safety motivated decision to jump between the fighters and wave the fight off, to save Linares from further punishment. I think the British fans will be over the moon with this incredible upset victory, as Campbell jumps up onto the ropes and shouts with glory, being the new world champion. I think the sportsmanship will be great between a disappointed but proud, gracious, applauded Linares, and an emotional, elated victorious Luke Campbell. I think the scorecards at the time of the stoppage will be a harsh 108-100, 106-102, and 105-103 all for Linares.

Champion97's picture

Prediction, Part 3,

I think for Jorge Linares, this is a fight he will feel he has to win, he wants the big fights, a unification bout against Mikey Garcia was talked about, and to be in big fights like that, he would have to do the business against Campbell, or it be very hard to get there if he was to be defeated here, so Linares, he has a lot to lose, still a lot to gain, but a lot to lose, and after he worked so hard to get to where he is now, with those Crolla wins, being so respected as a great fighter, but to come from being defeated, stopped twice, rebuilding to the point in which he is at now, a defeat would be absolutely devastating, he has already done what I'm sure many thought he couldn't after the DeMarco, Thompson defeats, nobody can take away his achievements since then, he has done very well indeed, but his ultimate goal, I believe, is to win more belts, continue his quest, until he has been involved in absolute super fights, so I'm sure he has no plans on giving up now!, I'm not sure if Linares will be particularly motivated by this fight in relation to previous fights in that the notion of this win, on paper, and in the eyes of observers, doesn't look like it would set up big opportunities right away, but I'm sure Linares knows Campbell's style, he will be training very hard in the gym, physically, and tactically. I think for Linares, at 32, he is at the point in his career in which he has built himself up to his full potential, and now we see whether or not he is the best, if not, how far from the best he is, just how talented, capable he is when he is against opponents who are challenging to this very high extent, I think Linares is young enough that he has a few very rough fights in him, but also at an age in which defeat would be crushing, he may need more time to get the opportunities he is targeting, than he would have, if he wants to fight Lomachenko, Garcia etc, he will want those fights before he is 35, and these fights, well they are the ultimate opportunities for the questions to be answered, for Linares to have the chance to prove himself, show everybody how good he is, they are so significant, maybe the most important fights of his career, he might not get these opportunities if he loses to Luke Campbell. If Linares does what is expected of him and beats Luke Campbell, which I don't see as unlikely really, it could be the last fight he has before a fight against a Lomachenko or a Garcia, it could be the first of the last 3, but it will be a crucial step towards the massive opportunities, and it will only extend his already impressive success story. Win or lose, Linares has done himself proud with his fantastic boxing career, all his achievements, only so many people can last long at the very top, and if a great boxer fights someone who simply better than them, and it causes them to lose out on big opportunities, it is a bitter pill to swallow, but there is no shame in it, and if you have achieved as much as Jorge Linares already has, you can be proud of yourself. If Jorge Linares does lose to Luke Campbell, and bounces back like he did last time he was defeated (stopped), and the time before that, this time, maybe wins just a fight or two, then he could still a big opportunity, be in a big money fight, do his best, have the chance to fulfill his potential against a boxer of the highest calibre, I hope he does get an opportunity like that, win or lose, but Linares will be remembered as a great fighter, even if he retires after this fight, especially if Luke Campbell achieves in a big way in the late part of his prime years.

For Luke Campbell, this is his chance, it is his time now, he's not a month away from 30, he is in his absolute prime, he is as good as he is going to get, he has been training for this fight for many years, he won't let it slip, he won't let himself, if he loses, he will lose to a great fighter, a world champion who has defended many times, but Campbell won't see like that at all before the fight, he will push himself to limit, train however hard it takes to have what it takes to become a world champion here, if he does win, then it would be one the UK's best triumphs this year, I think certainly the best since Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko in that incredible 10-11 round war. Campbell would accomplish his ultimate goal if he beat Linares, he would cause a fantastic upset, and I think he would be more motivated than ever, to keep winning, keep shocking people, thrive off being underestimated, keep defending his belt, it is exciting to think of the magnitude of the opportunities which I think are ahead if he wins this fight. Campbell has a massive amount to gain from this fight, I can't imagine him not being far more motivated than he has ever been for any fight in all his years in boxing. I think for Luke Campbell, if he doesn't look good in this fight, if it is a mismatch, which I think is extremely unlikely, then it could possibly be all over for him at this level, it would certainly be very hard for him to rebuild, so it is important that he makes a great account of himself, if he makes it a hard night, even if he doesn't win, maybe even it is wide, if he only wins 2-3 rounds, but makes it competitive, exciting, then I think he will leave California, gutted, but proud at the same time, and still with great years on boxing ahead of him, much hope of another world title shot at some stage, against whoever, another chance for him to show everyone just how good a boxer he is, I think for any fighter to have more than one world title fight, to be remembered as a warrior who did well in a world title fight, challenged the champion, it may not be like having won, but it is still great to be recognised for in the long run. Campbell does have quite a lot to lose here in defeat in itself, but he has a massive amount to lose in terms of a fight which is not competitive, maybe even a mismatch, and on the other hand, a victory of any kind, would take his career, his resumé, his reputation, to another level entirely. The most important thing for Luke Campbell is that he goes out there, in the shape of his life, and gives it his all, tries his best, because at the end of the day, he has already climbed a mountain in boxing his way through levels, and earning this opportunity.

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Very good fight, for some reason Campbell took his foot off the gas just when he pulled even on my card and lost 10,11 & 12. Don't know if he was gassed, but he acted like and fought like he had the lead. Strange 115-112 Linares in a good scrap.

I'm happy Linares won although I thought Campbell really tested him. I really hope the Garcia fight happens for Linares instead of Garcia going to fight Cotto at Super Welterweight. It would be a good fight for both guys careers and in my opinion, is one of the best fights that can be made in boxing today.

Champion97's picture

I don't think it is anywhere near as good as Garcia against Crawford, or Lomachenko, but still a great match up, I think Garcia would stop him in 8 or 9 rounds, but I think it would be a good fight.

I don't think either of those fights "can" happen due to Crawford and Lomachenko being with Bob Arum so I didn't include them. I as well think Garcia will stop Linares but it's the best realistic fight out there for him if the Cotto circus fight doesn't happen for him.

Champion97's picture

Yeah you're probably right there, especially with Crawford moving up to 147, but I do believe the Lomachenko fight could happen one day. It is a great match up, I just think Garcia is on another level, everyone said the Broner fight was 50/50, I knew it wasn't, and when it came to it, Broner 1-2 rounds, 3 at an absolute push.

I think the reason for the Cotto fight idea is that like many, Garcia looked up to Cotto when he was in his prime, and unlike Eubank Jr, Stevenson, the Garcias are good guys, they don't want to batter a man who can't be the best he could have been, just to look good, so the weight situation benefitting Cotto massively, that makes it a more interesting fight, I mean, Cotto, at 37, he isn't the fighter he once was, Garcia is in his absolute prime. I don't particularly like Cotto vs Garcia, I'm just explaining why in my opinion, it isn't the farce a lot of people say it is.

I think if Garcia fights Lomachenko he outclasses him as well. However, personally I think Crawford beats Garcia decisively if somehow they were to fight (I'm biased though toward Crawford). To put it simplistically, I see it as a great bigger man versus a great smaller man, and especially if the fight was at 147 it favors Crawford more. I gave Broner a pretty decent chance personally, I didn't think it was that Broner looked bad in isolation, instead that Mikey shut him down.

I don't think the Garcia Cotto fight is a circus in itself, but that it's for an actual belt at Super Welterweight. As good as I think Garcia is I could honestly see it backfiring on him. Garcia didn't look very good physically even though he dominated Broner at 140 so there is a question of how he'd look and perform at 154. Cotto isn't big but he's accustomed to 154 and he still looked like the Cotto of old versus Kamegai even if Kamegai isn't very good.

Champion97's picture

I thought this was a really interesting fight, in a sense, it was a victory for both, Linares defended his title, won the fight, and Campbell, well he boxed out of his skin, did great, after a terrible start, he won rounds, pushed the fight, made a great account of himself, proved he is a world level fighter.

Linares got off to a beautiful start, great right hand, right on the button which dropped Campbell in round 2, I thought Campbell was snatching the fight right off Linares in the mid rounds, Campbell looked a lot bigger than Linares in there, and he used that very well indeed, he was busy, he was as accurate, he dictated range at times, Linares needed focus throughout, because at times, and quite often, Campbell would land a shot before Linares could really commit, throw him off his rhythm. Although it looked to be going against him a bit in rounds 7-9, Linares showed adaptability, intelligence, experience, and he nicked the last 2-3, surely doing enough to take the win, great performance.

I think this fight was quite close, I gave Campbell 5 rounds, but Victor Loughlin, I mean, to say Linares won only 4 rounds, idiot, Linares deserved a maybe semi close, not so wide, but unanimous decision victory, and had there been one more idiot, he would have been robbed, we need some better judges on this sport, because some of the ones we have now are terrible, Adalaide Byrd recently scoring Golovkin vs Canelo 110-118, two judges scoring Parker vs Fury 118-110, that judge scored Saunders vs Monroe 115-114 as well.