Olympic hero Campbell wants a world title badly and will be on the brink of challenging if he comes through Perez test
THE undercard of the Anthony Joshua heavyweight clash with Wladimir Klitschko is packed full of interesting fights – and one of the best of the lot involves Olympic champion Luke Campbell.
The London 2012 gold medallist is closing in on his dream to become a world champion, but first of all he will need to get through tough opponent Darleys Perez.
A shot at a world title will be in touching distance for Campbell if he gets the business done at Wembley – and SunSports runs the rule over the warring duo.
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Luke Campbell v Darleys Perez – WBA lightweight title eliminator, 12×3 rounds
Record: 29, 16-1 (13)
Campbell is one of four Olympic champions on the bill and victory will take him a massive step closer to securing professional gold too.
Since his shock loss to huge outsider Yvan Mendy in 2015, ‘Coolhand Luke’ has won four on the spin, including three stoppages.
Now working under former David Haye and Amir Khan trainer Jorge Rubio in Miami, Campbell knows victory over seasoned veteran Darleys Perez will put him at No.1 in the WBA rankings.
The bad news is, however, that means he will likely have to go through Anthony Crolla’s brilliant Venezuelan conqueror Jorge Linares to get his hands on the belt.
POTENTIAL: Already rated by some as the best lightweight in Britain, if he fails to win a world title it will be a travesty.
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Record: 33, 33-2-2 (21)
Height 5ft 7in
Well known to the British boxing public after his two fights with Crolla, tough Colombian Perez is entering the closing stages of his career.
He has won just one of his last four fights and has not made the 135lb lightweight limit since that second fight with Crolla – when he was stopped in the fifth – which is now 16 months ago.
But he showed signs that he is not quite done yet when he beat up the fancied Mo Hooker over 10 rounds only to be given a draw in November.
Even so, this clash looks like perfect match-making by Matchroom, who have produced a fading former WBA champion with a well-known name for Campbell to look good against.
POTENTIAL: This will surely be his last run at a world title – but Campbell will ensure it doesn’t get too far