Luke Campbell will have his second professional fight on September 7th, when he appears on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO lightweight world-title fight against Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow. (opponent TBC)
Up to 7,000 fans welcomed the London 2012 Olympic gold medal hero back to his hometown of Hull on Saturday night, where Campbell made his debut. And the 25-year-old, father of two, lived up to his anticipated billing by blowing out Andy Harris inside 90 seconds, with a swift clinical display of boxing. Campbell will obviously have harder nights than this one, but he looks like a prospect of immense potential.
“Having my first professional fight, outdoors, in my home town at a packed-out stadium and winning by stoppage in the first round, what more could you ask for?” said Campbell.
“All these people are here for us. They’re here to support us so I wanted to use them to our advantage. I just kept calm. I took the Olympic experience into this. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It’s a dream come true to win my first professional fight.”
Campbell is Britain’s most decorated amateur boxer ever, having won European gold and a World Championship silver before topping off his superb vested career London last August as an Olympic champion.
The Hull man has grown physically before our eyes since last summer, having campaigned at bantamweight at the Olympic games, he made his pro debut at lightweight. He looked strong at the weight and over the years may even fill into a light-welter, but for now the 135lb, division has a new star attraction.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says Campbell will be worked hard and often as he makes his way through the professional ranks and by this time next year, he hopes him to have had over 12 fights. “I want him to box at least once a month, certainly for the next year, and sometimes twice a month,” said Hearn.
“I want to box him in all the big shows we do all over the country, and also take him to America. One fight at a time, as far as Luke’s concerned. The next one will be September 7 on the Ricky Burns undercard in Glasgow.”