UK Fight fans will be delighted to be witnessing the British boxing boom that has been sending ripples through the sport in the last few years.
The partnership between the country’s biggest promotional company, Matchroom Sports, and satellite broadcasting giant Sky Sports has been a key factor in this recent resurgence of boxing in the UK.
Last year, Carl Froch – one of Britain’s finest ever fighters to step in the ring signed off his glorious career in front of a sell-out Wembley crowd and a pay-per-view TV audience.
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The exit of one British boxing great leaves a gap for another to take his place.
There are a number of names in the fold including IBF Welterweight world titlist Kell Brook, Belfast’s IBF Super Bantamweight world titleholder Carl Frampton, Olympic Gold Medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell.
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Another step for Luke Campbell
This weekend - Saturday, August 1 - will see lightweight prospect Luke Campbell make another step towards immortality when he takes on his fellow Humber man Tommy Coyle.
The fight has been billed as an official World title eliminator for the WBC’s portion of the title. Both fighters hail from the city of Hull but their careers could not have been any different.
Luke Campbell is a British Goldenboy after topping off his amateur career in a blaze of glory at the 2012 London Olympics. He turned professional with Matchroom Sports and has been meticulous in dispatching all of 11 opponents (9 inside the distance) with relative ease.
On the other hand, Tommy Coyle is a bruiser without his rival’s amateur pedigree who has learned his trade in his professional ranks. He has been in some very entertainingly brutal ring wars where his power has seen him decking opponents whilst his questionable defence has had him hitting the deck himself on several occasions. This Saturday’s bout will be a battle of Skill vs Will.
The more rugged Coyle will have to use his power and aggression to rough up his less experienced, but more talented, opponent.
This means making the fight as rough and uncomfortable as possible on the inside for Campbell who will be looking to establish his southpaw jab to find his range before drilling Coyle with his usual accurate straight shots. Coyle has a lot of work to do if he is to upset the betting favourite.
The co-feature of the evening will be the rematch between welterweight contender Brian Rose and the brash American Carson Jones who halted Rose inside the first round of their first match back in February. The card promises to deliver an evening of excitement and emotion.