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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Fury and Campbell could land world titles

Great fights expected on both sides of the Atlantic

Hughie Fury (left) and Joseph Parker
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Parker v Fury: WBO heavyweight title
YouTube Pay-per-view 10pm Saturday
Linares v Campbell: WBA lightweight title
Sky Sports Main Event, 3am Saturday night

Heavyweight boxing is back on the map after the fantastic achievements of UK fighters Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury and the war between David Haye and Tony Bellew, and another Brit could put himself right into the mix when Tyson's cousin Hughie Fury takes on WBO champion Joseph Parker at Manchester Arena. 

Parker benefited from Tyson vacating the belts following his 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko, and won the vacant WBO title by beating Andy Ruiz through a controversial majority decision last year. 

The New Zealander will be chasing a unification match with Joshua if he comes through this, but while he is undefeated the lack of top-quality opponents on his record makes it difficult to assess exactly what level he is at. 

It's exactly the same situation with Fury, who turned 23 last week but has been out of the ring for 18 months. 

Both camps seem confident, but Fury may bring more to the table in a fight where he is a slight underdog.

Fury was an excellent amateur, becoming the first British fighter to win a gold medal at the World Youth Championships. He has an excellent jab and footwork, and once Parker realises that he can't bully his opponent he may run out of ideas.

With his father Peter Fury - who masterminded Tyson's win over Klitschko - in the corner, Team Fury can land another heavyweight world title, probably on points. 

Later on, 2012 Olympic champion Luke Campbell has his first world title fight but is rated a big underdog against established champion Jorge Linares in California. 

British fans know Linares well after back-to-back decision wins over Anthony Crolla and a KO victory over Kevin Mitchell, and most expect him to blast through Campbell without many problems.

He is undoubtledly a great fighter, but this could be closer than the prices suggest and a shock Campbell victory cannot be ruled out. 

Linares looked great in the second fight against Crolla but he was pushed all the way in their first contest, while he was on the canvas and behind on points before finishing Mitchell, who was at the tail end of a long, hard career. 

Campbell would be favourite to beat Crolla and Mitchell and poses very different problems to that pair. His rangy, southpaw style will give Linares plenty to think about, and his jab and body shots are exceptional.

Both men are world-class fighters but Campbell may be the value for a stunning upset. 

H Fury on points
1pt 15-8 Coral, SkyBet
L Campbell
1pt 7-2 Betfair, Paddy Power

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Once Parker realises he can't bully his opponent he may run out of ideas
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