Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell is official for September 23 at the Forum Inglewood California.
WBA / WBC Diamond and The Ring Magazine world lightweight champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (42-3,27) will defend all his three belts against Olympic gold medalist and mandatory challenger Luke “Cool Hand” Campbell (17-1, 14 KOs).
31, Linares of Barinas Venezuela is a four-time world champion in three weight classes, having held the WBA and Ring magazine lightweight titles, and previously the WBC featherweight title, WBA super featherweight title and the WBC lightweight title.
“I am excited to make my return to the United States and to headline an HBO show for the first time,” Linares said. “I know Luke Campbell is a tough competitor with an incredible amateur and professional background, but I am confident that I will emerge victorious on September 23rd.
29, Campbell of Yorkshire, UK represented England and won gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. He is the WBA and WBC number one lightweight contender also the former WBC Silver lightweight title.
“It’s an honor to be fighting Jorge Linares for the WBA World title, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine titles in one of the biggest fights in the division.” said Luke Campbell. “I’ve worked my way from Olympic champion to the No.1 spot in the WBA and WBC rankings, and I feel now is the time to take my chance. All the pressure is on Jorge headlining back in the States on HBO and I am so confident I am going to leave with all 3 belts – I have tremendous respect for Jorge and this is going to be an unbelievable fight but this is the opportunity I have been waiting for as a professional and I must and will take it on September 23.”