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Luke Campbell earns debut win in 88 seconds

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Campbell gave his home crowd something to cheer. (©GettyImages)
Campbell gave his home crowd something to cheer. (©GettyImages).

Luke Campbell made a name for himself last year in the London Olympics when he fought his way exquisitely to a gold medal. 

Already an impressively decorated amateur, expectations were high as he made his professional debut in his home city of Hull; but he more than exceeded himself.

The baby-faced 25-year-old came out to face Andy Harris - a boxer who is known for staying in the fight until the very end with six of his seven previous fights being decided by points. However, Campbell seemed intent on creating a party atmosphere as soon as possible in Hull and Harris just could not stop him.

Both fighters threw a few punches in the first few seconds of the fight and it seemed it could end up being a tight contest - for thirty seconds anyway.

As Harris bent down low to throw a punch, Campbell pre-empted the attack and reacted with a fine punch catching Harris on the top of the head and knocking him down for the first time.

To be fair to Harris he got back up, shook it off and started going for Campbell once more. But again, after a short exchange of punches, Harris was down for the second time with the local lad ratifying his authority.

When a battling Harris got to his feet for the second time, Campbell seemed determined to make it third time lucky. He backed Harris into a corner and caught him with three corkers in very quick succession and the referee had no choice but to end the fight within 90 seconds of the first round.

An incredibly impressive debut from the Olympic hero; fast, strong and dominant. Luke Campbell is certainly a boxer to watch for the future.


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