Jorge Linares had seen a lightweight belt escape him in Los Angeles before, and as that appeared to be happening again Saturday at the Forum, he found a veteran’s resolve to remain champion.
In a competitive scrap against younger, lengthier 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell of England, Venezuela’s Linares retained his World Boxing Assn. lightweight belt by split decision.
While judge Victor Loughlin scored the bout for Campbell 115-113, judges Max Deluca (114-113) and Zachary Young (115-112) saw it for Linares (43-3).
“We worked hard and kept at it,” Linares said after squandering the lead that came with his second-round knockdown of Campbell (17-2). “I knew I had...