Advertisement
Advertisement

Eddie Hearn is Planning To Keep Luke Campbell Very Busy

Eddie Hearn wants Luke Campbell to fight every month after watching the Olympic hero make the ideal start to his professional career on his homecoming in Hull in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Craven Park, home of Super League side Hull KR, was a near sell-out to witness London 2012 bantamweight gold medallist Campbell top the bill in his very first outing in the paid ranks.

The 25-year-old, who was unsurprisingly given a raucous welcome to the ring, knocked down journeyman Andy Harris twice en route to an emphatic stoppage after just 88 seconds.

While tougher tests await for the Yorkshireman, promoter Hearn is desperate to keep his charge active.

"I want him to box at least once a month, certainly for the next year, and sometimes twice a month," he said.

"I want to box him in all the big shows we do all over the country, also take him to America. One fight at a time as far as Luke's concerned. The next one will be September 7 on the Ricky Burns undercard in Glasgow."

Hearn admitted he was unconvinced yesterday evening's show would be a success when it was first suggested to him, but added he was won over when he witnessed Campbell's popularity in Hull.

"I don't think it's ever happened before, someone turning pro in a stadium fight. I thought Luke was mad when he suggested it but after I came to Hull and saw the support for him, I wanted to give it a go," he said.

"We wanted to make a statement because we're going to put a lot behind Luke Campbell.

"Without Luke this card wouldn't have happened here, it would have happened in another arena but it was an audacious move.

"I think it worked well, I think the people in the city enjoyed it, I think it was groundbreaking and I think if we're going to reach out to the casual fans and the wider audience, which I think Luke Campbell's got the ability to do, we need to make statements like that."

Campbell rose to stardom after his Olympics success and has since gone on to become a household favourite after coming third in the ITV show Dancing on Ice.

He was competing at lightweight on his professional debut, which is four weight categories higher than when he fought in London last year, and revealed he has no intention of attempting to boil down to the lower divisions.

"I'd lose muscle if I got down to super-feather(weight)," he said. "The thing is when you're doing longer rounds, you've got to fuel your body efficiently so you can do the training.

"I was at bantamweight during the Olympics so I had a bit of time out, doing the Dancing on Ice and stuff, I put a bit of natural weight on and I feel great for it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 07-15-2013

Interesting to see if he get's another 1st rd k.o.for the next fight.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Del Valle Provides a Tough Litmus Test For De La Hoya, Team Says Canelo: I'm Making History - Golovkin is Older and Fought Nobody! Rosado, Monroe Exchange Harsh Words Ahead of Sept. 17 Fight Ray Edwards, Former NFL Veteran, Inks Boxing Promotional Pact Rosado-Monroe Winner Could Get Canelo Next, Says Golden Boy VP Diego De La Hoya: Just Having The Last Name is Not Enough Jermall Charlo is NOT Yet on Board For Julian Williams Defense Tommy Oosthuizen Resumes Career With a Stoppage Win Peralta Parks Cab in The Garage, Ready For Guerrero Rematch De La Hoya: Canelo in The Process of Being a Worldwide Superstar Canelo vs. Smith: Sadam Ali, Eddie Gomez Added To The Card Kid Galahad: Brook Will Beat Golovkin in Style, Box His Ears Off! Malignaggi: I Wouldn't Mind a Shot at David Peralta Next P. Fury: Brook in a Win-Win Position Against Gennady Golovkin David Price Eager To Face Joseph Parker on Joshua Card Crolla Very Motivated To Topple Jorge Linares in 'Legacy Fight' Ricky Burns, if He Beats Relikh, To Land Adrien Broner Next? Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV: Strange Twist in Waiter Lawsuit Lauren's Trainer: Svensson Never Fought Anyone on This Level Teddy Atlas: Nobody at 147 is in a Hurry To Face Errol Spence Abel Ramos Breaks Down Juan Jesus Rivera in Six Rounds Edwards Gaining Steam in Camp as Casimero Bout Nears "Fighting Words" - Guerrero, Angulo and the Right Time To Go Canelo: Ready To Face Golovkin? He Has To Be Ready For Me! Two Olympians Investigated For Gambling Allegations in Rio Sammy Valentin Joins WBO Drug Free Kids Movement In Tampa Canelo, Smith No Longer VADA Testing - No Cause For Concern Peralta: I Was a Sad Cab Driver, Now I'm a Happy Boxer Hasanboy Dusmatov Denies Promotional Deal, Eyes Olympics Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks James DeGale Unification, More Photos: Shakur Stevenson Sports TMT Hat at Homecoming Parade Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II Ian Tims Joins MGM, Will Return Soon Chocolatito vs. Cuadras: Ryan Martin Added To The Card Video: Peralta on The Journey From Cab Driver To Contender Video: Robert Guerrero Reflects on Shocking Loss To David Peralta Langford Not Bothered By Trash Talk From Eubank Jr. and English Kovalev's Promoter: Tickets For Ward Bout Are Reasonably Priced Photos: Miguel Marriaga, Jose Felix Get Big Knockout Wins
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement