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Jorge Linares Says He Hurt His Rib During Campbell Defense

By Steve Kim

WBA lightweight titlist Jorge Linares, who faces Mercito Gesta this Saturday night on HBO from the Forum in Inglewood, eked past British southpaw Luke Campbell in his last fight in September.

If not for a second round knockdown, Linares (43-3, 27 KO's) would have to had to settle for a draw as he won by the scores of 115-112, 113-115 and 114-113.

There was talk of a rematch with the Olympic gold medalist, who is handled by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, but Linares went in another direction for the moment. Campbell (17-2, 14 KOs), who suffered his second career defeat, has yet to fight again and is not on the 2018 calendar at the moment.

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Looking back at the outing, Linares told BoxingScene.com (through manager, Jose De La Cruz) of Campbell:

"He was an awkward fighter, has a lot of length. Going into the fight we didn't think he'd last five rounds. But what nobody knows is that I hurt one of my ribs in the fourth round and not until the ninth round was I able to throw my punches back together."

What was thought of as a relatively easy title defense for 32-year old Venezuelan was instead a tight affair that came down to the very end.

"But never did I feel I was losing the fight," said Linares, who is making the third defense of his WBA belt this weekend.

"(Campbell) never hurt me, at all. But it was an interesting fight and it turned out to be a little better than what people anticipated."

As part of the card on Saturday, Argentinean puncher Lucas Matthysse will get his third opportunity to capture gold, when he faces undefeated Tewa Kiram of Thailand for the vacant WBA "regular" welterweight title. Matthysse failed in two previous attempts, against Danny Garcia in 2013 and Viktor Postol in 2015.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Commie on 01-24-2018

No Jorge, your opponent bust your rips!

Comment by paulf on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18431323]Linares was getting his @$$ whooped I was going for him. Luke Campbell made him look bad and I felt he did enough to win. Mikey Garcia is taking Linares belt when that fight happens.[/QUOTE] The only person who's ass…

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-23-2018

linares can look forward to his next fight and make a statement

Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-23-2018

Linares was getting his @$$ whooped I was going for him. Luke Campbell made him look bad and I felt he did enough to win. Mikey Garcia is taking Linares belt when that fight happens.

Comment by OctoberRed on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=StudentOfDaGame;18431247]Linares hurt his ribs in the 4th round and couldn't throw punches properly until the 9th. He then says Luke didn't hurt him, at all. Did he pull a muscle then recover in 15 minutes or did he feel the…

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