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Luke Campbell: I'm Willing to Fight the Burns-Crolla Winner

By Keith Idec

Luke Campbell understandably wants an immediate rematch with Jorge Linares.

Campbell came back from a second-round knockdown to make their September 23 fight very competitive in Inglewood, California. The British lightweight contender thinks he did enough to take the WBA 135-pound championship from Linares, but lost a split decision in a 12-round fight HBO televised from The Forum.

As much as the 30-year-old Campbell (17-2, 14 KOs) deserves another shot at Linares (43-3, 27 KOs), the 2012 Olympic gold medalist knows Linares is likely to head in a different direction than an immediate rematch with him. That’s why the southpaw from Hessle, England, told Sky Sports that he is open to facing the winner of a lightweight bout between Scotland’s Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) and Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Crolla’s hometown.

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“My main aim is still to try and get the rematch with Linares and get it in the UK,” Campbell told Sky Sports, which will broadcast Burns-Crolla. “I think I deserve that. If I don’t get that immediately, then the winner of Linares against Mikey Garcia. But other than that, the winner of Crolla-Burns is definitely an option.

“Let’s see what happens in that one this weekend, and if the British fans want me to fight the winner, then I have no problem with that.”

The WBC ordered a Garcia-Linares lightweight title fight Wednesday during its annual convention in Baku, Azerbaijan.

That’s the most meaningful and lucrative lightweight fight available to the Venezuelan-born Linares, who owns the WBC’s “diamond” lightweight title. Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, is the WBC world lightweight champion.

The 32-year-old Linares has no problem boxing in the United Kingdom, though. Before facing Campbell near Los Angeles, he defeated Crolla in back-to-back bouts in Manchester.

The well-traveled Linares moved to London earlier this year as well.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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