Luke Campbell London 2012 Olympic gold medallist SIGNED 3rd professional fight official on-site 30 page programme against Lee Connelly, 2nd November 2012, Ice Arena, Hull, Yorkshire.
Campbell W TKO 5
Luke Campbell, MBE (born 27 September 1987) is an English professional. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in the bantamweight division. In April 2013 he agreed to turn professional.
Amateur Boxing Career
Senior ABA Titles
Campbell, who fights out of the St. Paul's Amateur Boxing Club in Hull, won the English senior ABA Bantamweight title in 2007 and retained the honour in 2008 after beating Gareth Smith 23–1 in the final.
2008 European Championships
He represented England at the 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Liverpool, England. At the championships Campbell defeated Olympic bronze medallist Veaceslav Gojan in the quarterfinals and German Denis Makarov in the semifinals before facing experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev in the final.
After four rounds the Bulgarian levelled the scores in the fight to 5 each after he scored a point in the last two seconds of the fight. The decision then went to countback and Campbell was awarded the title making Campbell the first Englishman to win a European amateur title since 1961.
2010 Four Nations Challenge
Following his successful return, following a year long sabbatical to recover from tendon surgery, to International competition at the WBC Night Of Champions in Cardiff in July, Luke started his 2012 London Olympics preparations by securing Gold at the Four Nations Challenge in Sheffield.
On the Saturday Luke, who convincingly won his Featherweight (57 kg) fight by a 11–5 points margin over China’s Jun Tan at the WBC Night Of Champions, continued his winning ways by beating Kazakhstan’s Shulakov Madi by 6 – 4 in the semi final of the Four Nations Challenge.
In Sunday’s final Luke again faced Jun Tan from China, his adversary the previous week at the WBC Night of Champions. As before Luke dominated the proceedings, this time winning by an increased points margin of 11–3.
2011 World Championships
Campbell qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games after winning a silver medal at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships – Bantamweight in Baku, Azerbaijan.
2012 Summer Olympics
At the 2012 London Olympics, Campbell won gold in the 56kg Bantamweight division after beating Ireland's John Joe Nevin 14:11. Campbell had earlier beaten Italian, Vittorio Parrinello, by 11:9. In the quarter-finals he met Detelin Dalakliev of Bulgaria in his closest bout of the competition, edging it by a score of 16:15. His next opponent, Satoshi Shimizu from Japan- who had earlier been reinstated in the tournament by AIBA after a successful appeal after a defeat by Magomed Abdulhamidov was beaten by 20:11. Campbell beat Nevin in the final bout, and dropped the Irishman at the start of the third round, thus becoming the first bantamweight boxer to win Olympic gold for Great Britain since Henry Thomas in 1908.
A first class postage stamp, depicting Campbell, was issued by Royal Mail and a post box in Hessle Road, Hull was painted gold to commemorate his gold medal win. Local telephone network provider, KC, have also commemorated the win by painting one of their telephone boxes, near to St Paul's Boxing Club, gold.
Campbell was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
Professional Boxing Career
Campbell's first professional fight took place on 13 July 2013 at Craven Park in his home city of Hull. His opponent was Andy Harris who he beat in the first round. Campbell continued his undefeated start to his career with a 5th round stoppage of Lee Connelly in Hull on 2 November 2013.
In The Media
In December 2012 it was announced that Campbell would take part in ITV's Dancing on Ice series 8 which started on 6 January 2013, skating with professional Jenna Smith. He reached the final of Dancing On Ice 2013 with Beth Tweddle and Matt Lapinskas. He came third while Matt came second and Beth came first.
Campbell has two sons with his fiancée Lynsey Kraanen.
Campbell's grandfather was an Irish boxing champion and members of Campbell's family still live in Ireland.