Date: 14th July 2013 at 12:38pm
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Up in Hull last night, the Craven Arena to be more precise, the people of Hull witnessed their 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Luke Campbell, make his professional debut.

Campbell, now 25, was facing Andy Harris who, pre-fight, had been perceived as an ideal first professional opponent for Campbell and who was expected to provide a tough test.

However, that didn?t turn out to be the case with the impressive Campbell, cheered on by a partisan crowd, notching up an emphatic victory.

Campbell had his opponent on the canvas twice in the opening minute before the referee stopped the fight after just 88 seconds.

Naturally, Campbell was delighted at having won his first fight so spectacularly and afterwards told the media,

‘I just kept calm.’

‘I took the Olympic experience into this.’

‘Having my first professional fight, outdoors, in my home town at a packed-out stadium and winning by stoppage in the first round, what more could you ask for?’

‘All these people are here for us. They’re here to support us so I wanted to use them to our advantage. ?

‘It was my first fight so it’s going into a different environment. No head-guards, I was doing six rounds which I trained hard for.?

‘Each fight I’ll learn a little bit for the next one.’


Indeed it was a great first fight and a great experience for the youngster but the road ahead is a long one and next time out Campbell will need to get some more rounds under his belt against a really durable opponent.