Luke Campbell insists he can handle the pressure of a high profile pro debut in Hull
Last Updated: June 21, 2013 3:11pm
Luke Campbell: Will make a high profile debut on July 13
Luke Campbell's Olympics success means he is unfazed by the prospect of making his professional debut in front of more than 10,000 fans in his home city next month.
Campbell will make one of the most high-profile entries to the paid ranks in recent times as he takes on an as-yet-unnamed opponent on an open-air show at Hull KR's MS3 Craven Park on July 13.
"Having gone through the Olympic Games wanting to achieve my ultimate goal, I learned how to handle pressure and use it to my advantage," he said.
"I am a very content and happy person because I did something I had always dreamed of and no-one can take that away from me. The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to continue to succeed."
Campbell is acutely aware of the responsibility that rests on his shoulders as something of a poster boy for those who fight their way up out of relatively disadvantaged backgrounds to reach the top.
"Hopefully kids will see that I'm just like them, someone from a deprived area who worked hard and achieved my goal. It goes to show that you don't have to be from a posh area to be good at something."
Campbell has teamed up with Sport England to support a multi-million pound National Lottery investment in the StreetGames charity, which will establish new clubs to tempt children from disadvantaged communities to take up sport.