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Olympic champion Luke Campbell takes a break

Luke Campbell

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell has announced he will take a break from competing.

It follows his father's cancer diagnosis.

He said: "Just wanted to share something with you all. Following my father’s cancer diagnosis, I have decided to take a break from competing.

"The last few months have been particularly difficult for my family and I and it’s been hard to focus on my training. Anyone that knows me will tell you how meticulous I am with my preparation going into a fight.

"With this in mind, I feel it's only right to be with my family at this difficult time until I can fully focus on my boxing.

My family and I thank everyone for their support and understanding and I look forward to returning to action in the near future."

Hull's Luke Campbell takes next step in professional career

This Saturday there's a big night of boxing at Hull's Ice Arena. Topping the bill is hometown hero Luke Campbell, who takes the next step in his professional career.

Driffield's Curtis Woodhouse is also in action. The former professional footballer fights Darren Hamilton for the British light-welterweight title in what Curtis says will be his last fight. He'll hope to go out on a high as Chris Dawkes reports.

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Hull boxer to deliver Rugby League trophy

Hull boxing champion Luke Campbell will help deliver the official Rugby League World Cup 2013 trophy onto the pitch at the city's final game this afternoon as England take on Fiji (Group A) for Hull's third RLWC2013 game at KC Stadium.

"I am very honoured to be part of the game this Saturday by taking the trophy onto the pitch with the great Johnny Whiteley. It's also a great occasion for the city and I hope everyone enjoys the game."

– Luke Campbell

Luke Campbell encourages sporting volunteers in Hull

Luke Campbell at Woodford Leisure Centre today

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell put youngsters through their paces at an event to inspire volunteers today.

Youth Workers from the city, working with St. Pauls Boxing Club, were at Woodford Leisure Centre to promote sport in the city.

The event is part of the Join In Summer 2013, the official volunteering legacy project from the Games.

Running over the anniversary period of the Games, the scheme will see over 10,000 local events put on across the UK, aiming to attract half a million people and 100,000 new volunteers.

Pauline Beach, from Hull City Council, said: "Since the Olympics we have seen an increase in volunteering, of people of all ages and all walks of life. This event provides another chance for people to find out more about the benefits of volunteering and what opportunities there are in Hull."

Luke Campbell's secret to success

Luke Campbell
Great Britain's Luke Campbell with his gold medal at the ExCeL Centre, London, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Luke Campbell, Hull's olympic boxing champion will be inspiring young people to get involved in grassroots sports in Hull today.

The gold medallist will met children in the city and share tips on achieving sporting success.

Organisers of the event especially want children to volunteer in sports, to find the GB olympic champions of the future.

"Volunteers are vital in sport, and I encourage people to get involved and go that extra mile. You don't have to be a sports star to shine, join in and find out how to make a difference." - Councillor Geraghty, Hull City Council.

Hull's golden boy inspiring young athletes

Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell will be inspiring young people in his home city later, in the hope of getting more children involved in volunteering for grassroots sports.

The children will have a chance to join a "take a pad" session with Luke, where they will meet him face-to-face and learn some expert tips on how to become an sporting star of the future.

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Campbell will handle heat says promoter

Luke Campbell training for his first professional match Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Olympic hero Luke Campbell has all the hallmarks to become the complete package as he prepares to make his professional debut.

Almost 12 months on from taking bantamweight gold in London, Campbell returns to the ring at Hull Kingston Rovers' MS3 Craven park ground for his clash against Andy Harris, which will be his first in the full-time ranks.

"We are talking about the most successful amateur boxer ever.

There is a lot of weight on his shoulders but he's such a talented fighter and as a commercial entity and commercial brand he is exactly what we are looking for in boxing.

Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter, interviewed by Press Association Sport

Watch Luke Campbell looking ahead to his pro-boxing debut

Video: Luke Campbell looks ahead to pro boxing debut

It promises to be a huge night of boxing in Hull tomorrow as the city's favourite son returns to action. Olympic champion Luke Campbell hasn't stepped into the ring since he won gold last summer, but tomorrow he'll make his professional debut when he takes on little known opponent Andy Harris.

And after a year in which he's danced on ice and been given an MBE from the Queen, Luke says he's glad to be back doing what he does best.

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