By Lyle Fitzsimmons - It’s been a tumultuous four years for Nate Campbell.
On Valentine’s Day in 2009, the popular Floridian headlined a card in the Miami suburbs and outlasted Ali Funeka by majority decision to keep the lanky South African from winning the IBF, WBA and WBO shares of the lightweight championship.
But it was a bittersweet triumph at best for Campbell, who was forced to vacate the jewelry after failing to make the 135-pound limit for what would have been his first defense since defeating previously unbeaten claimant Juan Diaz in Cancun, Mexico.
Now 40, he remains on the outside looking in when it comes to titles, after a bloody challenge of 140-pound kingpin Timothy Bradley ultimately wound up a no-contest (it was originally ruled a TKO) and follow-ups with future champs Victor Ortiz and Danny Garcia ended in 10-round scorecard losses.
Still, he’s won three of four since the 2011 match with Garcia – with the lone loss coming to the IBO’s title-holder at 140 – and will re-emerge Friday as a late replacement for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights 12-round main event against unbeaten Canadian welterweight Kevin Bizier in Montreal. [Click Here To Read More