Luke Campbell eyes pro world title after amateur success

Last Updated: 29/04/13 9:12am

Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell told Ringside he is determined to realise his dream of becoming a world champion.

The Hull southpaw took the bantamweight crown at London 2012 but this week confirmed his move to the pro ranks with promoters Matchroom.

"What Olympics is going to compare with winning gold in your own country? None."

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Campbell, 25, is due to make his debut in July in his hometown and is committed to doing everything he can to reach the very top.

"These are very exciting times," he said. "I can't wait for this journey to begin on Sky. I'm back in training full-time and loving it - now I can't wait to start competing.

"As a young kid I dreamed of being a professional world champion. Obviously I had goals to set before that and my amateur career was fantastic.

"But the Olympics are in the past now and I'm training as hard as I possibly can and soaking everything up and trying to apply what my coaches say. Becoming world champion is the dream."

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Campbell, who took world championship silver and the European title as an amateur, could have continued until Rio 2016 but he believes now is the right time for him to take the next step in his career.

"I had to assess all my options [after the Olympics]," he said. "But I won gold at London 2012 and what Olympics is going to compare with winning gold in your own country? None. I need to do this right now - but I've got a lot to learn."

However, the Englishman conceded he will miss his amateur days and reckons his time with the Great Britain team has given him the tools he needs to flourish as a pro.

"The Great Britain camp has been my life for the last 12 years at least," he said. "It's been a big part of my life and I will miss it - but I can go there anytime and they'll welcome me back, which is fantastic.

"Every single time I went out into the ring with them and travelled the world, it was all learning curves and stepping stones for the bigger picture."