Campbell plays down underdog tag

20 September 2017 09:56:56 EST

Luke Campbell claims he is not fazed about being the underdog ahead of Saturday's world title fight against Jorge Linares, because he is used to it.

The Hull fighter, who is just a week away from his 30th birthday, is travelling to Los Angeles to face the 32-year-old three-weight world champion, Linares, in the hope of starting his celebrations early by claiming the Venezuelan's WBA lightweight belt at The Forum.

I'd win the ABA's, the next year I'd go in the ABA's and still be an underdog. It doesn't bother me in the slightest whatsoever.

Luke Campbell

Linares, who has suffered just three defeats in 45 professonal fights, already has two British scalps having secured a 10th-round stoppage of Kevin Mitchell in May 2015 and then took Anthony Crolla's WBA belt with a unanimous points decision win 12 months ago before also winning the rematch in March on points.

However, Campbell claims he has upset the odds many times in his career, including when he defeated former world champion Darleys Perez at Wembley Stadium in his last fight.

Therefore the 2012 Olympic gold medallist is confident he can now overcome Linares.

Campbell said: "If you look back most of my career in the amateurs, I've always been the underdog.

"I'd win the ABA's, the next year I'd go in the ABA's and still be an underdog. It doesn't bother me in the slightest whatsoever."

Campbell is 3/1 to win the bout and win the WBA lightweight belt, while Linares is 1/4 to come out on top.

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