Luke Campbell MBE in recent weeks has been getting the best possible preparation for his Hull grudge match with Tommy Coyle on August 1 at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, live on Sky Sports – by training alongside Super Bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux in Miami.
Campbell has been in the States as part of his preparation for his WBC World Lightweight title eliminator with Coyle this summer named the “Rumble on the Humber”.
The 26 year old said in his exclusive column in the Hull Daily Mail that the searing heat of Miami and training with two-time Olympic champion Rigondeaux is the perfect preparation for the big night in Hull.
“This is my third camp out in Miami so far this year so I know the routine and how to get the best out of my time here,” said Campbell. “That helps out here as it’s hot as hell and humid, making the work we are doing even tougher.
“Usually I just come with my strength and conditioning coach, Jack Latus, but this trip we have brought a bigger team and that has created a great energy and spirit at all training sessions.
“That’s especially true with my training partner Tom Knight, who has just been excited by everything.
“Tom is gaining some great experience and knowledge from the attention to detail that Jorge applies to his boxing sessions. It has also been great to have Mike Bromby over here with us.
“Watching Jorge working with Tom and myself is invaluable for Mike to learn different training techniques and coaching methods.”
The winner of Coyle v Campbell could earn a chance to dethrone WBC lightweight king Jorge Linares
after the Venezuelan dramatically stopped Kevin Mitchell in the 10th round of a gruelling bout at the O2 Arena earlier in May.
“The stage is set for the one of the biggest sporting events the city of Hull will ever see,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“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.
Campbell, 27, took gold at the 2012 London Games at bantamweight and has made easy work of all 11 of his professional opponents to date – being taken the distance just twice.
The southpaw was a more convincing victor over Brizuela than Coyle had been, stopping the combative Argentinian in the fifth and following that up with third-round stoppages of Levi Morales and Aboubeker Bechelaghem.
Campbell and Coyle’s clash is part of a massive night of action in Hull, with former World title challenger Brian Rose looking for revenge in his rematch with Carson Jones, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns back in action after his heroic performance in Texas against Omar Figueroa and Martin J. Ward defending his WBC International Super Featherweight title.