By Shaun Brown
Former world lightweight title challenger and 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Luke Campbell (18-2, 15 KOs) will now be trained by Shane McGuigan.
Campbell, 30, leaves behind a two-year stint he had with Jorge Rubio after teaming up with the Cuban in 2016 after his loss to Yvan Mendy.
Campbell joins a growing star-studded stable at McGuigan’s gym in Wandsworth that currently includes WBA Super Middleweight champion George Groves, WBC Silver Lightweight champion and World Boxing Super Series entrant Josh Taylor, Chantelle Cameron, Chris Billam-Smith and Lee McGregor.
On his Instagram page, McGuigan wrote: “Delighted to welcome Olympic Gold Medallist Luke Campbell into my stable of fighters. Exciting times ahead and world titles to collect.”
No news yet on the pair’s first fight together, however Campbell was due to face Mendy in a WBC title final eliminator in what would be a rematch of their December 2015 fight. An agreement was reached at the beginning of last month.
“I want to clean Mendy off my record,” Campbell told ‘Scene during an interview back in May. The Brit had also been heavily linked to a fight with Matchroom stablemate Anthony Crolla with their promoter Eddie Hearn telling us last month: “It’s a great fight and it’s one that makes sense for both guys. It’s one of the biggest fights to be made in Britain between British boxers.”
Campbell was last in action on May 5 beating Troy James by TKO in the fifth round their six-round contest. That had been the Hull fighter’s first outing since losing his maiden world title shot by split decision against then WBA Lightweight champion Jorge Linares.