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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.

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

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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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New ring for Luke Campbell's first pro fight

A boxing ring is being constructed at Craven Park in Hull ahead of Luke Campbell's first professional bout in his gome city at the weekend.

The Olympic champion is expected to step out in front of 7,000 fans for his first pro debut against Andy Harris.

His fans are expecting him to put on a show - and win.

He will be talking about the pressures he faces at a press conference later today.

Campbell's first pro opponent revealed

Luke Campbell with the MBE he received recently at Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stilwell /PA Wire

Olympic boxing gold medallist Luke Campbell's first professional opponent will be 30 year old Gloucester fighter Andy Harris. Harris has won 2 of his last 3 fights, and is promising to give Campbell a proper test in front of a huge hometown crowd in Hull.

Campbell’s debut is part of a stellar line-up at Hull KR's Craven Park. Unbeaten Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook faces a rematch aginst the dangerous American Carson Jones, and Hull’s Tommy Coyle takes on Liverpool’s Derry Mathews for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.

Campbell’s fellow Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo boxes for the fourth time in the pro ranks, and is joined on the undercard by Beverly's Curtis Woodhouse, and young Hull talents Joel Haigh and Zak Collins.

Hull boxer Luke Campbell takes part in open training day

Luke Campbell celebrates olympic success Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of the public are invited to a press conference with Hull boxer Luke Campbell today. It is being held at the Mortimer Gallery Suite in Hull City Hall ahead of Luke's professional debut. Luke will take part in an open training session and there will be a photo opportunity for fans as well.

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