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Monday’s Boxing Thoughts: Linares scrapes past Campbell as Parker and Dorticos retain belts

Jorge Linares edges out Luke Campbell on points, Joseph Parker retains his belt after a controversial decision and Yunier Dorticos delivers a brutal knockout.


Jorge Linares edges Luke Campbell in split decision

Jorge Linares retained his RING Magazine and WBA lightweight titles on Saturday night in Inglewood, California, in a split points decision (114-113, 115-112, and 113-115) over British challenger and Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell.

Linares came into the fight a heavy favourite after back-to-back wins over Anthony Crolla, and it looked as if this would be a quick and easy night when he dropped Campbell in the 2nd round. It was a fairly heavy knockdown, and Campbell admitted after the fight that he had “double vision” after the shot. Yet he fought back hard, taking control of the middle rounds as Linares became inactive and overly cautious, almost grabbing an improbable win.

Ultimately, the knockdown cost the Brit what would have been a score draw on the cards, but he gained plenty of respect for an unexpectedly strong performance. For Linares, whilst he didn’t always look his smooth self, struggling with Campbell’s jab and reach all fight, he still came away with a tough win, setting up a fight with Mikey Garcia nicely.

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Joseph Parker retains belt in controversial win over Hughie Fury

In a fight that will be remembered solely for the scorecards, if at all, New Zealand’s Joseph Parker retained his WBO heavyweight title, defeating British challenger Hughie Fury (114-114, 118-110, 118-110). The fight went about as expected, with Parker as the aggressor and Fury as the counter puncher, but the lack of quality from either was very disappointing.

The two judges cards who had it 10-2 for Parker were pretty far off, as this was a close fight throughout. However, there were plenty of ‘swing’ rounds which could have been given to either fighter. In a division that includes the likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz, these two looked miles away from that level.

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Yunier Dorticos destroys Dmitry Kudryashov in World Boxing Super Series quarter-final

Although neither of these guys are household names in boxing, they are known by hardcore fans as exciting fighters possessing knockout ability. With that said, a 2nd round knockout wasn’t unexpected. Dorticos, a largely unheralded fighter from Cuba despite his record (22-0, 21 KOs) ended the fight with a big blow that not only meant he moved on in the competition whilst retaining his WBA title, but also shows he is a dark horse contender to win the tournament outright.

Badou Jack vacates WBA belt

After a tough run of fights including Anthony Dirrell, George Groves and James DeGale, it seems Badou Jack and his promoter, Floyd Mayweather, have become more pragmatic with his career. The Swedish light-heavyweight decided to vacate the WBA title he won against Nathan Cleverly to avoid fighting Dmitry Bivol (11-0), a destructive Russian whose been seriously under-promoted.

The lack of money for the fight leaves Badou with no great motivation to take such a risk, but opens up the possibility of the #2 rated contender Sullivan Barrera taking on Bivol in a very intriguing fight.

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Lance Morris

Full-Time student, currently studying Political Science at the University Of Birmingham. Fell in love with boxing watching Pacquiao-Marquez and old Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard fights. Also a passionate Watford FC and Carolina Panthers fan.

Monday’s Boxing Thoughts: Linares scrapes past Campbell as Parker and Dorticos retain belts

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