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Luke reveals his father died two weeks before the title fight

Luke Campbell had to cope with the death of his father in the lead-up to his WBA lightweight title fight with Jorge Linares.

Campbell was beaten on a split decision on Saturday Credit: Press Association

The London 2012 gold medal winner was beaten on a split decision in California on Saturday night against the Venezuelan champion.

The 29-year-old revealed his father Bernard, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, died aged 58 in Hull while he was in the United States.

Campbell kept the news to himself as he did not want his opponent to know before the fight and exploit a perceived weakness.

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