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Luke Campbell Hopes a Rematch is Finalized With Yvan Mendy

Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell (18-2) is looking for avenge the first defeat of his pro career.

Back in 2015, the 30-year-old lightweight suffered a shocking decision loss to Yvan Mendy (40-4-1) of France.

The World Boxing Council wants to place the two boxers against each other in a final world title eliminator - which Campbell embraces.

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Campbell says the first loss of his career was mentally crippling when it took place.

"I didn't want to leave the house after it, I was embarrassed at myself," Campbell told BBC Sport.

"I was totally devastated. I was ill that night and should never have got in the ring. I didn't really have a team around me, with no proper coach or guardians.

"I'm a proud man who sacrifices everything and then I got in there when I wasn't ready physically or mentally. Then you get stick from people for trying. People here sometimes love to see people fail, I don't get it."

Campbell believes that he's improved dramatically since that loss and hopes to get the opportunity to show it.

"I'm a different fighter now, physically, mentally and on boxing ability to when I faced Mendy," Campbell said.

"I'm a confident person now. For some reason back then I never had confidence in myself, which is crazy given what I'd achieved. With the Olympics and shooting for a world title with my dad passing, I know now I'm one of the strongest minds out there."

According to Campbell, his side has already made a few offers and the contest may head to a purse bid - which the former Olympian hopes his promoter, Eddie Hearn, will win.

"We have made Mendy's team offers. I don't think they have accepted it so it's going to purse bids. I'm sure Eddie will win the bid and we can look to have the fight here. I've never had it easy and I don't want to fight a world champion no-one knows. I always do it the hard way and will continue to do it the hard way. I don't get things gifted to me," Campbell said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 05-22-2018

He's being very dishonest. No confidence? He was a ****y little git prior to the Mendy fight. In fact, ever since he won the gold medal he's referred to himself in the third person. Amir Khan syndrome. It's funny that…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-22-2018

he's not going to get over this till he gets his 'revenge'. what if he loses again?

Comment by Vinnykin on 05-22-2018

I remember Matchroom were hyping this guy as one of the best prospects in the world, until Mendy outboxed him, now he's 30 years old and trying to avenge his defeat.

Comment by Letmaku on 05-22-2018

Luke dict look will lose!

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