Family illness has caused amateur sensation and Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell to announce an extended break from the boxing ring.
Campbell pulled out of this week’s show in Manchester, where he was slated to appear on the undercard of Scott Quigg’s world title defence.
The Twitter rumour mill was once again sparked into action over the cause of a pull out, but the Olympian published a statement via his personal website.
His statement read: “Following my father’s cancer diagnosis, I have decided to take a break from competing. The last few months have been particularly difficult for my family and I and it’s been hard to focus on my training. Anyone that knows me will tell you how meticulous I am with my preparation going into a fight.
“With this in mind, I feel it is only right to be with my family at this difficult time until I can fully focus on my boxing.
“My family and I thank everyone for their support and understanding and I look forward to returning to action in the near future.”
The 26-year-old has built up a perfect five-fight ledger so far, headlining an open-air stadium in his first bout in July 2013. Four of those wins have come by way of stoppage.
Along with fellow gold medallist Anthony Joshua, the pair are widely recognised as the next generation of British boxing.
Campbell is replaced on the bill by Sam Eggington, a welterweight with a 9-2 fight record. Both defeats have come in Prizefighter tournaments, though he looked unlucky in defeat against eventual winner Johnny Coyle at the start of April.
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