Hull's Luke Campbell has moved a step closer to a world title fight after winning his lightweight eliminator against Darleys PerezRead the full story ›
Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell gave boxing fans a glimpse of his talent during a public workout at the Winter Gardens in Sheffield.
The 28-year-old lost his first professional fight to Frenchman Yvan Mendy at the O2 Arena last December. Since his defeat Luke has been training out in Miami with the highly respected Cuban trainer Jorges Rubio.
He will fight Dewsbury's Gary Sykes at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night, for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title on the undercard of Kell Brook's defence of his IBF World Welterweight title against Canadian Kevin Bizier.
Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell slumped to his first professional defeat after falling to Yvan Mendy in a split decision last night.
Campbell, who had stopped his last six opponents, was knocked down in the fifth round and was outfought throughout by the Frenchman with the judges returning scorecards of 115-113 113-115 115-113.
Mendy had lost four times in 38 bouts and was expected to endure the same fate as each of Campbell's 12 previous victims, but instead claimed his most notable victory to date.
"There are no excuses. That's the first time I've done 12 rounds in my career.
"I feel as though I made a few mistakes in there," said Campbell, who was floored for the first time in his career.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has teased the possibility of Luke Campbell facing a world title fight as early as next summer. He was speaking after his victory last night over Hull rival Tommy Coyle:
Defeated boxer Tommy Coyle says he has no excuses for losing his fight against Hull rival Luke Campbell last night. He says he was in the best shape he has ever been but was beaten by the better man:
Luke Campbell says it was an honour to fight in his home city last night in his victory over rival Tommy Coyle. The Olympic champion says there was more pressure because of the Hull rivalry but he feels he handled it well. His thoughts are now turning to his wedding later this month:
Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell stopped fellow Hull boxer Tommy Coyle in the 10th round in their world title eliminator at Craven Park.
Campbell put Coyle down in the second round, and three more times in the 10th before the referee stepped in.
Around 15,000 people packed into Hull KR's stadium to see the two Hull lads battle it out.
Hull boxers Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle are set to lace up their gloves and do battle in front of up to 15,000 fans at Craven Park on Saturday.
The eagerly-anticipated 'Rumble on the Humber' - a world title eliminator - has certainly caught the public imagination.
John Shires spoke to the two men:
Albion Street Car Park in Hull will be free from 5pm tomorrow afternoon for people attending the Rumble on the Humber at the KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull City Council had announced.
It means visitors will be able to get a bus to the stadium on the night.
Stagecoach will be running a standard service to the ground and providing late buses back to the city centre directly after the event.
There is limited parking around the ground itself and the council is urging people to use the bus as an alternative in order to alleviate congestion.