Luke Campbell is remaining positive ahead of his possible encounter with the experienced Jorge Linares and does not believe for “one second” that the Venezuelan will get the better of him and to add more fuel to the fire his next fight could well be on the same bill as the WBA champion.
The 29-year-old lightweight who moved closer to a match up with Linares after dispatching of Darleys Perez last time out and came out on top in a WBC eliminator on the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April.
The much sort after Linares who is now 31 is in the later stages of his career and boasts a record of (43-3-KO27) is expected to make the next defence of his belt in September and Campbell has revealed that talks have been held about him fighting on the undercard with a potential meeting in the future.
Campbell has been quoted as saying “Yeah, that’s the plan. That’s what we are looking at, at the minute,”
“Nothing has been confirmed yet, just still in talks with the team and see what we’re going to do.”
Its clear to see that the 2012 Olympic gold medalist is full of respect for the highly skilled South American, who is a three-weight world champion and already has victories over previous Brits in the past with wins over the likes of Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla twice, but believes he will still come out on top and triumph against Linares.
Campbell went onto say “For me to win a world title, I’m not going to get any better than taking it from a great champion like that,”
“He’s a great fighter, he’s got a lot of experience, and he’s beaten two of our top guys, I think I would put him in the top 10 pound-for-pound at the minute. He’s a great fighter, but I do not believe for one second that he will beat me.”
Campbell has proven his determination to gain world honors since taking the first loss of his career against Ivan Mendy by travelling to Miami to prepare for fights with newly acclaimed trainer Jorge Rubio and would not be concerned about challenging for a world title on US soil.
When asked about the topic the man from Hull went onto say “For me, I would love to win the world title in Britain, but if it happens to be away and I’ve got to go over the pond to take it from someone – that’s what I’ll do,”
“I’m loving what I do. I’m training with Jorge Rubio, we’ve got a fantastic relationship together, and we’re working really well.”
Written By Kenny Leavett