2012 Olympic champion Luke Campbell of England is ready to take his frustrations out at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Friday (March 15) live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Campbell (19-2 15 KOs) is the WBC mandatory contender at lightweight as a result of his win in which he exacted revenge over Yvan Mendy at Wembley Stadium, London in September. WBC ruler Mikey Garcia has stepped up to welterweight to face Errol Spence this weekend, leaving Campbell unsure of the Californian star’s plans. Campbell doubts Garcia will come back down to 135 pounds after facing Spence. Campbell was edged out via split decision against then-WBA king Jorge Linares in September 2017 in Los Angeles. The Hull favorite boxes in the States for the third time in the paid ranks and his second fight with trainer Shane McGuigan, and the 31 year-old believes it’s only a matter of time until he fulfils his title dreams.
“I cannot sit around and wait without fighting, I'm hungry, I want to be the best and fulfil my dream of becoming a World champion,” said Campbell, who faces Adrian Young (26-5-2 20 KOs) over ten rounds in Philadelphia. “I've been training - that's all I do. I haven't been seen for a while but that's where I have been. We're waiting to hear what's happening with the WBC - it's frustrating not knowing what is happening but it's Mikey’s decision, there's nothing I can do. I have to take things into my own hands and stay busy, which is what Philadelphia is about, before we see what is next.
“I don't think that Mikey can go to 147, put muscle on and be big at Welterweight, and then come back down to lightweight - it's not doable on the body. Maybe they will make him champion in recess and if that's the case the title will be open for me to fight for. I don’t have a lot of miles on the clock, I live the life, I'm very dedicated and I want to be the best, that's driving me. Everything in my life is planned around boxing, not the other way around, so I will not stop until I achieve what I want. I would love a rematch with Jorge. If i could face him I know I would
beat him, and that would clean my record. I'd love to right that wrong, it was a very close fight, he nicked it on his show in his backyard. Things are going great with Shane. I can see my family every week and that makes a massive difference, I do this for my family and they are the water that feeds my flower. Shane is raising my game in every department, I think that I am
already becoming a much better fighter and I believe that these next few years will be the best of my career. When you have a head for boxing and you can see and read the sport, it doesn't matter what age you are. He's had more experience than a lot of other coaches at world level and he's successful, he's very professional in what he does and in the first time in my career I feel I'm learning the professional side of the sport.
“Barry McGuigan is around a lot too and it's great, he's very passionate, has lots of stories and when you are sparring and you catch his eye and he gives you the thumbs up or a little wink, it spurs you on.”