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Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell report
Who won Linares vs Campbell?
Jorge Linares beat Luke Campbell by split decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Forum in Inglewood.
The scorecards were announced as 115-112, 114-113, 113-115 in favor of winner Jorge Linares.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the unified lightweight championship of the world, with the WBA & The Ring belts on the line.
Linares vs Campbell stats
Jorge Linares stepped into the ring with a record of 42 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws.
Luke Campbell made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws.
Jorge Linares was the older man by 2 years, at 37 years old.
Campbell had a height advantage of 1 inch over Linares. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Jorge Linares fought out of the orthodox stance, while Luke Campbell was a southpaw.
Linares was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 27 more fights, and made his debut in 2002, 10 years and 6 months earlier than Campbell, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 205 more professional rounds, 354 to Campbell's 149.
Luke Campbell was ranked number 1 by the WBA and 4 by the IBF in the 135lb division.
Linares vs Campbell form
Linares had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Ivan Cano on 10th October 2015 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at El Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela.
Previous to that, he had won against Kevin Mitchell on 30th May 2015 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Javier Prieto on 30th December 2014 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Metropolitan Gym, London, Japan.
Before that, he had defeated Ira Terry on 16th August 2014 by knockout in the 2nd round at StubHub Center, Carson, United States.
He had won against Nihito Arakawa on 8th March 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Campbell had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Darleys Perez on 29th April 2017 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jairo Lopez on 25th February 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Ice Arena, Hull.
Going into that contest, he had beat Derry Mathews on 15th October 2016 by knockout in the 4th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Before that, he had won against Argenis Mendez on 30th July 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at First Direct Arena, Leeds.
He had beat Gary Sykes on 26th March 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their CBC Commonwealth Lightweight championship fight at Sheffield Arena, Sheffield.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Luke Campbell had been fighting more than Jorge Linares.
Going to this contest, Jorge Linares had last fought 7 years, 5 months and 17 days ago, while Luke Campbell's last outing had been 5 years, 10 months and 26 days ago.
Linares' last 5 fights had come over a period of 9 years and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 9 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6 rounds on average.
Campbell's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
What time did Linares vs Campbell start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Forum, Inglewood, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Linares vs Campbell?
Linares vs Campbell was broadcast on HBO in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports Main Event.
What were the odds on Linares vs Campbell?
Jorge Linares was a 1/4 (-400) favourite going into the contest, while Luke Campbell made his way into the ring at 3/1 (+300) with oddsmakers.
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