Hull boxers Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle will face off for the last time ahead of their clash at Craven Park in the city tomorrow night.
Promoter Eddie Hearn believes the atmosphere will be "something special":
Olympic champion Luke Campbell and his one time mate Tommy Coyle came face to face today at the final press conference ahead of their world title eliminator at Hull KR's Craven Park on Saturday night.
The fight, which is being billed as the 'Rumble in the Humber' is bringing out the best of the city's friendly rivalries, as John Shires reports:
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.
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).
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.
Luke Campbell scored an emotional third-round knockout in his home city of Hull on Saturday as he beat Levis Morales.
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 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 is now tipped to take on fellow Hull fighter Tommy Coyle next year.
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.
Liverpool was great tonight ?. Great positive support after my lay off, thank you. #alwaysaimtobebetter
Very awkward opponent 2night after 6months, styles make fights. Got the job done got better each rd n a great learner. Thank u 4the support?
Luke Campbell has been speaking to ITV News about his return this week to the boxing ring. He has had a five month break while his father received treatment for cancer.
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.
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: