Luke Campbell (boxer)

Luke Campbell

Campbell with his Olympic gold medal, 2012
Nickname(s) Cool Hand
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1987-09-27) 27 September 1987
Hull, East Yorkshire, England
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 16
Wins 15
Wins by KO 12
Losses 1

Luke Campbell, MBE (born 27 September 1987) is a British professional boxer who has held the Commonwealth and WBC Silver lightweight titles since March and July 2016, respectively. As an amateur he won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and 2008 European Championships, as well as silver at the 2011 World Championships, all in the bantamweight division.[1]

Amateur boxing career

Senior ABA titles

Campbell, who fights out of the St. Paul's Amateur Boxing Club in Hull, won the English senior ABA Bantamweight title in 2007 and retained the honour in 2008 after beating Gareth Smith 23–1 in the final.[2]

2008 European Championships

He represented England at the 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Liverpool, England. At the championships Campbell defeated Olympic bronze medalist Veaceslav Gojan in the quarterfinals and German Denis Makarov in the semifinals before facing experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev in the final.[3]

After four rounds the Bulgarian levelled the scores in the fight to 5 each after he scored a point in the last two seconds of the fight. The decision then went to countback and Campbell was awarded the title making Campbell the first Englishman to win a European amateur title since 1961.[4]

2010 Four Nations Challenge

Following his successful return, following a year long sabbatical to recover from tendon surgery, to International competition at the WBC Night Of Champions in Cardiff in July, Luke started his 2012 London Olympics preparations by securing Gold at the Four Nations Challenge in Sheffield.

On the Saturday Luke, who convincingly won his Featherweight (57 kg) fight by an 11–5 points margin over China’s Jun Tan at the WBC Night Of Champions,[5] continued his winning ways by beating Kazakhstan’s Shulakov Madi by 6 – 4 in the semi final of the Four Nations Challenge.

In Sunday’s final Luke again faced Jun Tan from China, his adversary the previous week at the WBC Night of Champions. As before Luke dominated the proceedings, this time winning by an increased points margin of 11–3.[6]

2011 World Championships

Campbell qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games after winning a silver medal at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships – Bantamweight in Baku, Azerbaijan.

2012 Summer Olympics

Gold telephone box near St Paul's Boxing Club, Hull commemorating Campbell's gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Campbell won gold in the 56 kg Bantamweight division after beating Ireland's John Joe Nevin 14:11. Campbell had earlier beaten Italian, Vittorio Parrinello, by 11:9. In the quarter-finals he met Detelin Dalakliev of Bulgaria in his closest bout of the competition, edging it by a score of 16:15. His next opponent, Satoshi Shimizu from Japan- who had earlier been reinstated in the tournament by AIBA after a successful appeal after a defeat by Magomed Abdulhamidov was beaten by 20:11. Campbell beat Nevin in the final bout, and dropped the Irishman at the start of the third round, thus becoming the first bantamweight boxer to win Olympic gold for Great Britain since Henry Thomas in 1908.[7]

A first class postage stamp, depicting Campbell, was issued by Royal Mail and a post box in Hessle Road, Hull was painted gold to commemorate his gold medal win.[8] Local telephone network provider, KC, have also commemorated the win by painting one of their telephone boxes, near to St Paul's Boxing Club, gold.[9]

Campbell was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.[10][11]

Professional boxing career


Early career

Campbell's first professional fight took place on 13 July 2013 at Craven Park in his home city of Hull.[12] His opponent was Andy Harris who he beat in the first round.[13] Campbell continued his undefeated start to his career with a 5th round stoppage of Lee Connelly in Hull on 2 November 2013.[14] In his fifth professional bout Campbell carried on his undefeated record and became the first person to stop Scott Moises.[15]

In April 2014 Campbell announced that he would be taking a break from boxing, pulling out of his next scheduled bout, following his father being diagnosed with cancer.[16]

Despite announcing he would be taking a break from boxing, Campbell fought a further four times in 2014. A points win over Craig Woodruff, a knockout win of Steve Trumble, a TKO victory over Krzysztof Szot and another TKO win over Daniel Eduardo Brizuela. In March 2015, Campbell faced off against 24 year old Nicaraguan Levis Morales (11-1-1, 4 KOs) at the Ice Arena in Hull. Campbell knocked down Morales in round 2 and 3, before the referee Howard John Foster stopped the fight resulting in a TKO victory for Campbell.

On 1 August, Campbell claimed the vacant WBC International lightweight title by defeating fellow Hullensian Tommy Coyle (21-2, 10 KOs) via 10 round TKO at the KC Lightstream Stadium. This was also a WBC lightweight eliminator. Coyle was knocked down once in round 2 following a left to the body and three times in round 12 before the referee waved off the fight.[17] Only four months later in December, Campbell lost the title and mandatory status in a split decision loss to French boxer Yvan Mendy (32-4-1, 16 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London. Campbell was floored for the first time in his professional career in a ragged defensive display as Mendy received a split decision with scores of 115-112, 115-113, while the third judge scored it 115-113 for Campbell.[18]

Campbell vs. Sykes

After a 3-month lay off, Campbell started a comeback trail in March on the undercard of Brook-Bizier at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield fighting British boxer Gary Sykes (28-4, 6 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.[19] Campbell made a winning return to the ring in spectacular fashion only needing two rounds to finish Sykes off in his first fight since losing his unbeaten professional record. A left hook that landed hard on the top of Sykes' head had him struggling before a straight right put him down. Although Sykes beat the count, Campbell was all over him. It was the left-hook that opened the door again, this time in the midsection, followed by a right to the temple. Referee Steve Gray moved swiftly in as Sykes' corner was throwing their towel to halt the fight.[20]

Campbell vs. Mendez

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed Campbell was next due to fight on 30 July 2016 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title against 30 year old former IBF super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs).[21] Although being floored by a sharp right hand in the second round, Campbell proved to be too quick and dominated the remainder of the fight to claim the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title. From the third round, it became a comfortable fight for Campbell who moved his opponent around the ring and caught him with a succession of punches. The scorecards were all in favour of Campbell 116-111, 117-110, 115-112, who stated he would now like to land a world title shot.[22]

Campbell vs. Mathews

Campbell fought former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion and former world title challenger Derry Mathews (38-10, 20 KOs) on the undercard of the world cruiserweight title fight between Tony Bellew and BJ Flores at the Echo Arena on 15 October, live on Sky Sports. This was the first defence of the WBC Silver lightweight title in a scheduled 12 round bout.[23][24] The fight started of as a brawl, however Campbell proved to be too quick as he retained his titles and kept his future world title shot alive after stopping Mathews in round four. Mathews was dropped following a couple of left hooks to his body. In the post fight interview, Campbell claimed, despite winning via stoppage, his gameplan was 'to outbox Mathews for a points win'.[25]

In the media

In December 2012 it was announced that Campbell would take part in ITV's Dancing on Ice series 8 which started on 6 January 2013, skating with professional Jenna Smith.[26] He reached the final of Dancing On Ice 2013 with Beth Tweddle and Matt Lapinskas. He came third while Matt came second and Beth came first.

Personal life

Campbell has two sons with his wife Lynsey Kraanen.[27]

Campbell's grandfather was an Irish boxing champion and members of Campbell's family still live in Ireland.[28]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
16 fights 15 wins 1 loss
By knockout 12 0
By decision 3 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
16 Win 15–1 United Kingdom Derry Mathews KO 4 (12), 2:46 15 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained WBC Silver and Commonwealth lightweight titles
15 Win 14–1 Dominican Republic Argenis Mendez UD 12 30 Jul 2016 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England Won vacant WBC Silver lightweight title
14 Win 13–1 United Kingdom Gary Sykes TKO 2 (12), 2:58 26 Mar 2016 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England Won vacant Commonwealth lightweight title
13 Loss 12–1 France Yvan Mendy SD 12 12 Dec 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Lost WBC International lightweight title
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Tommy Coyle TKO 10 (12), 1:41 1 Aug 2015 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull, England Won vacant WBC International lightweight title
11 Win 11–0 France Aboubeker Bechelaghem TKO 3 (8), 1:03 9 May 2015 United Kingdom Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
10 Win 10–0 Nicaragua Levis Morales TKO 3 (8), 0:55 7 Mar 2015 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, England
9 Win 9–0 Argentina Daniel Brizuela TKO 5 (10), 2:34 25 Oct 2014 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, England
8 Win 8–0 Poland Krzysztof Szot TKO 7 (8), 2:09 20 Sep 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
7 Win 7–0 United States Steve Trumble KO 2 (6), 1:56 16 Aug 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, US
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Craig Woodruff UD 6 12 Jul 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Scott Moises TKO 8 (8), 1:38 22 Feb 2014 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Chuck Jones UD 4 23 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Lee Connelly TKO 5 (6), 2:00 2 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Neil Hepper KO 1 (6), 1:59 5 Oct 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Andy Harris TKO 1 (6), 1:28 13 Jul 2013 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull, England Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Title last held by
Dejan Zlaticanin
WBC International lightweight champion
1 August 2015 – 12 December 2015
Title next held by
Yvan Mendy
Title last held by
Richard Commey
Commonwealth lightweight champion
26 March 2016 – present
Title last held by
Emiliano Marsili
WBC Silver lightweight champion
30 July 2016 – present

See also


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  2. "English ABA Nationals". Strefa. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  3. "Medallists by weight category" (PDF). AIBA. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  4. Mark Staniforth. "CAMPBELL EYES 2012 AFTER EURO GLORY". Sporting Life. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  5. Gianluca Di Caro. "Luke Campbell's Olympic Dream Back On Track After Huge Win In Cardiff". BoxingNews24. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  6. Gianluca Di Caro. "Luke Campbell Reigns Supreme At Four Nations Challenge". Boxing Republic. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  7. "Luke Campbell – Events and results". Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  8. "Gold medal stamp for Olympic champion Luke Campbell". This is Hull and East Riding. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  9. "Luke Campbell: Hull honours Olympics boxing gold medallist". BBC News. BBC. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012.
  11. "2013 New Year's Honours" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  12. "Luke Campbell set to make professional boxing debut". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  13. "Luke Campbell wins first professional fight in 88 seconds". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  14. "Luke Campbell continues winning start to professional career". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  15. "Curtis Woodhouse wins British title and confirms retirement". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  16. "uke Campbell: Olympic champion taking break from boxing". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  17. "Campbell halts Coyle in WBC Eliminator". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  18. "Campbell suffers first ever shock defeat". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  19. "Cambell to fight Sykes in comeback fight". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  20. "Campbell makes successful return stopping Sykes in 2 rounds". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  21. "Luke Campbell will fight Argenis Mendez - Boxing News". 18 June 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  22. "Campbell wins despite being knocked down". Sky Sports. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  23. "Luke Campbell to fight Derry Mathews on October 15". Sky Sports. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  24. "Luke Campbell to fight Derry Mathews on Tony Bellew undercard - Boxing News". 23 August 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  25. "Luke Campbell stops Derry Mathews to retain WBC Silver lightweight title". Sky Sports. October 16, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  26. "Dancing on Ice 2013 celebrity line-up revealed". BBC Newsbeat. BBC. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  27. Simon Boyle (12 January 2013). "Dancing on Ice: Luke Campbell talks about how boxing saved him". Mirror Online. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  28. "Luke Campbell takes home first British bantamweight boxing gold for over 100 years". The Telegraph. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
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