By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
LUKE CAMPBELL believes he can follow George Groves’ road to a world title after teaming up with Shane McGuigan.
The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist suffered heartbreak when he came up just short against WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares last year.
Groves lost three world title fights – two against Carl Froch and one against Badou Jack – before changing trainer to McGuigan, son of legendary fighter Barry.
With McGuigan, he beat Fedor Chudinov to win the WBA super middleweight crown, a title he defends next week against Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final.
Now Campbell hopes he can benefit from McGuigan’s magic touch as he prepares for his first fight with the trainer tonight against Yvan Mendy at Wembley.
“Finally now, 20 fights into my professional career, I have a strong team around me”
“The work Shane has done with George is one of the things that brought me to him,” said Campbell. “Finally now, 20 fights into my professional career, I have a strong team around me.
“His style of coaching for my style just seems to gel very well. I feel like I’m flowing.
“The things he says to me I seem to pick up a lot easier. I feel great.”
Campbell is also inspired by having Barry McGuigan watching him train.
He added: “It’s great when you get a good signal off Barry when he sees you training, a signal of approval, it makes you feel great.
“He is an inspiration, he was massive when he was boxing. I met Barry when I was 13 years old in Ireland, it’s mad we have reconnected and now we are here.”
Campbell relocated to London after training with Jorge Rubio in Miami and can now get home every weekend to see his family.
The Hull fighter seems in a much happier place after having to deal with the death of his dad, Bernard, two weeks before the Linares fight.
Now he faces the only other man to beat him as a professional in Frenchman Mendy, who claimed a points win over the Brit in 2015.
The winner of the clash on the Anthony Joshua undercard is set to be given a shot at the WBC title held by American star Mikey Garcia.