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Nerveless Campbell ready for pro debut

ESPN staff
July 9, 2013
Luke Campbell checked out of the amateur ranks as Olympic champion at London 2012 © PA Photos

Olympic bantamweight gold medallist Luke Campbell is adamant that his professional debut marks the start of a journey that will one day see him crowned world champion.

Campbell faces Andy Harris at the MS3 Craven Park in Hull on Saturday night, sharing top billing alongside Kell Brook's rematch with Carson Jones.

And the 24-year-old is confident of putting on a good show in his home town after building up to the fight with sparring sessions at Gleason's Gym in New York, before returning to the UK to work out of Tony Sim's gym alongside the likes of Kevin Mitchell, Martin J Ward and Ryan Taylor.

"I'm not nervous at all, just incredibly excited," Campbell told Sky Sports. "I had nerves before the Olympics, but I'm not nervous about my debut, I'm just really looking forward to it. I've trained incredibly hard for it and I plan to put on a great show to excite the fans so they come back again.

"The best boxers in the world have to make their debuts and that was just their first step on the road to world title success - and ultimately that's my goal.

"It's a new leaf and I'm so excited about it. I had a good rest after the Olympics and I've got the buzz well and truly back for boxing, fresh mind and a fresh body with new goals to reach."

Campbell paid tribute to promoter Eddie Hearn for guiding him through his introduction to the professional ranks, and is confident that Matchroom will guide him towards world title contention.

"As far as the rest of the year and the future, I'll look after myself in training and I know he'll pick the right path for me," Campbell said of Hearn.

"I would like to be really busy and box as much as possible as that's where you learn the quickest in the pros. I was always busy in the amateurs and it suited me, so that's what I want in the pros.

"I know Andy will come to Hull looking to spoil the party and I've heard from Thomas Stalker and Martin J Ward that he's a tough lad, so it will be a good test on my first night in the pros."

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