Campbell to face Perez in WBA eliminator

Former Olympian, Luke Campbell, is set to face Darleys Perez in an eliminator, which will see the winner…
Luke Campbell

Former Olympian, Luke Campbell, is set to face Darleys Perez in an eliminator, which will see the winner placed in the number one spot for the WBA World Lightweight Title.

The showdown will take place on the undercard of Joshua vs. Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29th.

Campbell’s last outing was in February, in his hometown of Hull, where he dispatched Jairo Lopez inside two rounds.

A win against Perez could secure Campbell his first world title bout against Venezuelan slickster, Jorge Linares, who outclassed a gutsy Anthony Crolla in Manchester last month.

Perez, however, will not be daunted by the idea of fighting in the UK, having fought Crolla twice while defending his WBA Lightweight strap and Campbell knows this is his toughest test to date.

“This is the fight of my career so far, and I’m so excited to be boxing on this huge night at Wembley,” said, Campbell. “I feel like I’ve been improving with every performance and believe now that I’m ready for a shot at the World title.

“Darleys Perez is by far my toughest fight yet, but I need to come through this in order to face the champions. We have identified Linares as a fight we want, and this win would put us number one in the WBA and in a great position to fight him. It’s going to be an incredible experience, and I’m looking forward to shining on the big stage.”

Campbell’s clash with Perez is the latest fight to be added to the blockbuster show at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, topped by the huge Heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko.

Former World Super-Bantamweight king Scott Quigg continues his quest to become a two-weight champion by facing Viorel Simion at Featherweight, and three GB Olympians are on the bill in the shape of Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly.

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