The WBA has ordered the start of negotiations for a lightweight championship contest between champion Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) and contender Luke Campbell (17-1, 14 KOs).
There had been a rumor for the past month that Linares will return to the ring on Sept. 23. Golden Boy Promotions had recently claimed that while the date of Linares’ return was likely, his opponent would not be Campbell.
Obviously I had watched Luke Campbell growing up as a kid and I realised how good he was, but when you’re in there with him, it was completely different. From the outside, you can see things you think you can hit him with, but he just counters everything you throw and his variety of shots was superb. I think his size was a big difference as well.
Is Luke a clever fighter?
Yes, he’s smart and he’s always a couple of steps ahead. He’s like a chess player who knows what they are doing a few moves later. He’s a superb amateur and he’s turned into a superb professional.
Were you impressed with his hand speed?
He’s very, very fast, very accurate. He doesn’t waste punches either and does not seem to tire. He’s punch perfect really.
How do you rate Campbell’s punch power?
Let me tell you, he’s up there. He hit me in the first round with a basic one-two. It was on the button and it was a great shot. His body punching and selection of shots is brilliant. The ones you don’t see are the ones that surprise you and hurt you. He used that to win the fight.
Did he have a decent defence?
To be honest, I didn’t get much to land, because I couldn’t get near him due to the size and skills he had. What I’ve seen in his previous fights, he does like to have a fight, but against Linares I don’t think he can get involved. I think he needs to box smart, be clever and stick to the game plan.