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Luke Campbell, Javier Fortuna “nearing a deal,” postpone purse bid

The fight is for the vacant WBC lightweight title

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell - WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The WBC recently scheduled both the Nordine Oubaali-Nonito Donaire and Luke Campbell-Javier Fortuna purse bids for tomorrow (January 21st), but representatives of the latter matchup have requested and received a one-week extension.

The reason, according to the source is because Fortuna promoter Sampson Lewkowicz and Campbell promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing are nearing a deal and sought a short delay, which was granted.

Campbell (20-3, 16 KO) and Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KO) received the order to fight for the vacant lightweight title after Devin Haney, himself elevated from interim champion to regular champion when the WBC named Vasiliy Lomachenko “franchise champion,” was named “champion in recess” due to his lengthy recovery from shoulder surgery. “Cool Hand” unsuccessfully challenged Lomachenko in August, while Fortuna, who missed weight in a previous title bid against Robert Easter Jr. tore up Jesus Cuellar in an eliminator last November.

Like we’ve said before, it’s a good matchup, and there’s no shortage of DAZN cards for it to grace. I don’t think it’s necessarily main event material, but it certainly wouldn’t be unwelcome on an undercard.

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