Luke Campbell talks pro beginnings, praises ‘superstar’ Anthony Ogogo

Phil Jay 02/06/2013

Matchroom star and Olympic champion Luke Campbell is edging nearer to his hometown debut on July 13 in Hull, with the sole intention of laying down a marker for the rest of his career.

The 25 year-old, who struck gold in London last summer, has taken heart from good friend Anthony Ogogo’s impressive start to his professional run and hopes to hit the ground running at Craven Park.

“Anthony is a good friend of mind and of course I couldn’t miss his fights,” Campbell told World Boxing News.

“Its great to support one of my best mates especially as he’s turned pro. We have been there for each other a lot during our amateur career and we’ll be there to support each other through our pro careers.

“I think he’s doing great and he’s on track to becoming that superstar I believe he can be and will be.”

Campbell’s opponent for his four-round outing next month is yet to be named, although the fledgling pro will share the stage with seasoned domestic headliner’s Kell Brook and Derry Mathews thanks to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The talented bantamweight is ready to put everything he learned in the amateurs into practice in the paid ranks and is not adding any unnecessary pressure by mapping out his route to the top before time.

“At the moment I’m just focusing on my first fight and I’m expecting to be working flat out in the gym and making that my absolute focus. I’ll can look at my next move after the fight,” said Campbell.

“I’m going to go the route my team thinks is best for me. My job is to beat who ever is in front of me and I know It’s important to focus on each fight and put everything in to that,” he added.

Other fighter’s on the bill include Rocky Fielding and ex-footballer Curtis Woodhouse, with tickets available from the Matchroom website at matchroomboxing.com