Luke Campbell MBE is very confident that he will beat his old mate Tommy Coyle in the ‘Rumble on the Humber’ on Saturday 1 August.
The Olympic champion, who is unbeaten in 11 bouts since turning professional in April 2013, is fine tuning his preparations for the WBC Lightweight title eliminator and cuts a very relaxed, but also very hungry, figure as we talk in St. Paul’s Boxing Academy just a few days before the biggest fight of his professional career so far.
He says he’s very much looking forward to the fight, “There’s been a great atmosphere in the city and everyone seems to be buzzing for the fight, for me that’s what being part of boxing is about.”
Next we talk about how training has been going in the build up to arguably the biggest fight that Hull has ever seen, “Training’s been great, we couldn’t have asked for it to be any better really, it’s all gone to plan, I’ve been performing in training and sparring the next step is about performing under the lights.”
Moving onto the recent derby match between his beloved Hull FC and his opponent’s team Hull KR at the KC Lightstream Stadium, the venue where he will face the man nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ Hessle Road’s ‘Cool Hand’ Luke says, “Regardless of the rugby I’ll be aiming to do a job on him anyway.”
The 2012 Olympic Champion then gives us a bit of a prediction for the big fight saying, “Me by either points or KO but I’m more swaying towards it being a KO.”
The final question about which victory, apart from the Olympic Final, means the most to him personally draws a slightly undecided response at first as he says, “I’d probably say all of them because they’re all as important as each other.
But then a recent memory proves to be a definite answer as this genuinely friendly, caring man shows a sort of emotion that you maybe wouldn’t expect from a person who wants to knock-out a recently very close friend.
“But probably the last time I boxed in Hull was a real nice victory when the family was down a bit through what my dad’s going through and I picked the family spirits up a bit when I went out there and performed so that was probably quite a nice win for the family.”