|Luke Campbell takes instruction from Terry Edwards MBE at the Ultrachem TKO Gym|
European Bantamweight Champion Luke Campbell, who is set to be back in action again this weekend at the Four Nations Challenge in Sheffield, will be a guest on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB @ 9pm) this coming Thursday evening.
Luke, who victoriously returned to international duties last week with a convincing 11-5 points win over China’s Jun Tan at the WBC Night Of Champions in Cardiff, made history by becoming the first British amateur boxer to secure a European title for 47 years when he was crowned the Bantamweight (54kg) Champion at the European Championships in Liverpool in November 2008.
His path to glory was not an easy one. In the quarterfinal he faced and defeated the Moldovan Olympic bronze medal winner, Veaceslav Gojan, before progressing to the final after an excellent 4-1 points victory over Germany’s Denis Makarov. The quietly spoken 21 year old, from Hull, then secured the Bantamweight (54kg) title by defeating the highly experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev. Even more impressive was that this was his event debut.
|Luke Campbell spars with Matthew Marsh at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in preparation for his assault on the ABA Championship earlier this year|
The previous English boxer to win a European gold medal was Frankie Taylor, who won the Featherweight (57kg) title at the Belgrade Games, Yugoslavia in June 1961, also at the same event Melbourne Olympic Champion, Scotland’s Dick McTaggart, won gold in the (Lightweight) 60kg class.
Speaking from his training base in Sheffield Luke said, “It’s been a great week for me. I got to return to international competition with a very good win. I also got to meet some of my boxing heroes in Cardiff. Meeting Roberto Duran was the highlight of the weekend. He’s my all time hero.
Now I’m going to be on Buncey’s show. I’m a big fan of Steve and really enjoyed being a guest on his Setanta show last year. It’ll be good to catch up with him again. I can’t wait.”
The BBC London Boxing Hour presented by Steve Bunce, and featuring European Gold Medalist Luke Campbell, is on BBC London 94.9 & DAB on Thursday 5th August at 9pm (GMT)
The Four Nations Challenge, featuring Luke Campbell, will take place at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield Saturday 7th (Semi Finals) & Sunday 8th August (Finals). This International Amateur Boxing Tournament features teams from Great Britain, China, France & Khazakhstan.
Tickets are now on sale, through Arena Ticket Shop – www.arenaticketshop.co.uk – for the Four Nations Challenge and are priced:
Outer Ring/ Balcony – £10.00
Ringside – £15.00
Weekend Outer Ring / Balcony – £17.50
Weekend Ringside – £25.00