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Hull boxers to meet in Battle of Humber

Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle will clash in an official eliminator for the WBC World Lightweight title at Craven Park in Hull on August 1.

Luke Campbell Credit: Press Association

The Hull pair have been on a collision course over the last year and will come face-to-face at a public press conference at the City Hall in Hull tonight (Thursday June 11).

Tommy Coyle Credit: Press Association

The stage is set for the one of the biggest sporting events the city of Hull will ever see.

Two world-ranked lightweight contenders will battle it out in an official eliminator for the WBC World title – it's East versus West, a city divided with everything on the line. It's going to be an epic night for the city.

– Eddie Hearn, promoter

Emotional win keeps Campbell's unbeaten run

Luke Campbell scored an emotional third-round knockout in his home city of Hull on Saturday as he beat Levis Morales.

Luke Campbell Credit: Press Association

Olympic champion Campbell initially pulled out of the fight because of the ill health of his father, but with the blessing of his family he made a late decision to return to the bill.

The 27-year-old lightweight maintained his perfect professional record, extending it to 11 wins, putting his Nicaraguan opponent down at the end of the second and then again at the start of the third.

That was enough for referee Howard Foster, whose decision to call the fight off came at the same time a white towel appeared from Morales' corner.

I've turned the negatives into positives, and I was excited to be here tonight, making my family proud.

It was a family decision to fight, to give everyone something to look forward to. There's nothing better for me than boxing in Hull, the love I get is priceless.

It was very difficult. I pulled out of the show for quite a while. I never intended to box on this show.

My dad will be watching at home as proud as punch. I love you dad, keep fighting.

– Luke Campbell


Luke Campbell extends unbeaten run to nine fights

Luke Campbell at an earlier fight Credit: PA/Peter Byrne

Luke Campbell extended his unbeaten professional record to nine fights with a fifth-round stoppage of Daniel Brizuela at Hull Ice Arena on Saturday night.

The boxer from Hull took control early on in the fight and landed a series of shots with ease in the first two rounds while the Argentinian struggled to make any headway at all.

Brizuela finally showed signs of life in the third round with a stinging two-punch combo but he looked wobbly as Campbell fought back and had him on the ropes at the end of the three minutes.

After two further rounds of cat and mouse, Brizuela became increasingly unsure on his feet and the referee called a halt to proceedings.

"I knew what I was up against, a very tough durable kid. He was coming to win. He's got a very good record, very experienced and been around so for me to go in there and do that I'm really happy with myself I'm over the moon. I'm a bit overwhelmed with the crowd and all the support I've had here tonight."

– Luke Campbell, speaking to Sky Sports 2

Luke Campbell is now tipped to take on fellow Hull fighter Tommy Coyle next year.

Luke Campbell tweets his thanks after victory fight

Hull's Olympic boxing champion Luke Campbell took to social media last night to thank his supporters as he made his professional return to the ring. The 26-year-old faced Craig Woodruff at Liverpool's Echo Arena after a five-month lay off while his father had treatment for cancer.

Campbell won on points against the Welshman to maintain his unbeaten record.

Luke Campbell to make boxing return

Luke Campbell Credit: Press Association

Hull's Olympic boxing champion Luke Campbell returns to the ring this weekend, following a five month lay-off while his father received treatment for cancer.

Campbell, who fights Welshman Craig Woodruff at Liverpool's Echo Arena, says it has been the most difficult period of career so far.


Hull boxer helps launch larger trains

Passengers arriving at Sheffield Train Station this morning saw something unusual - Olympic boxer Luke Campbell cycling a bubble bicycle.

The company has just taken delivery of larger trains which mean more space for passengers.

The gold medalist from Hull was helping to launch the new and improved train services from First Transpennine Express:

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.

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
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