The British Luke Campbell managed to beat Colombian Darleys Perez by TKO in the ninth round. In this way, the European gladiator is now in the first position of the Lightweight division of the World Boxing Association, and will be able to challenge Jorge Linares, current champion of the body.
The battle was hard for Campbell in the first rounds and let Pérez set the tone. However, he managed to recover and began to attack with more power, it was so much that he almost sent his rival to the canvas in the middle of the fight.
The fatigue began to be evident in the Colombian and the British took advantage of it until, in the ninth round, Perez complained of a severe pain in his arm, and the referee Steve Gray stopped the match.
Thus, the victory was for Campbell by TKO and his record is 17 fights won, one lost and 14 KOs. In addition, the British will now have the chance to fight for the title at 135 pounds.