MY friend, Olympic champion Luke Campbell, is training for the biggest fight of his life right now as he prepares to face Jorge Linares for the WBA world title next weekend (Saturday September 23), writes Tony Jeffries (whose Box ‘N Life podcast can be found HERE).
The fight is not far from where I live here in LA. Luke was originally training in Florida, but because of the hurricanes over there he dropped me a line on Instagram and said he was coming to LA and wanted to train at my Box ‘N Burn gym.
So, he has been, and I’ve been watching him train – he looks phenomenal! His hand speed, footwork and strength are great. He told me that his whole camp has been amazing and he is more than ready.
Linares is the most experienced person he has fought as a pro as he has had 45 fights, boxing 268 rounds with a 60% KO ratio.
I think Luke brings something to the table that he has never seen, though. Luke’s footwork, southpaw style, accuracy and boxing brain are world class, as well as his mindset. You don’t achieve what Luke has without real heart and determination.
Speaking with Luke this week, talking about life as a pro, he really has his head screwed on with the professional game and has his finances under control which is refreshing!
I did a podcast on 8 Things Olympians should do after the games HERE IT IS and he really has ticked all the boxes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/33-8-things-olympians-should-do-after-the-games/id924241760?i=1000374499219&mt=2
He has it takes to beat this guy and I’m backing our Olympic hero to win by a late stoppage.