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Bookie: Luke Campbell will be kept very busy as he makes his way through the professional ranks
By Andrew Scott Monday, 15 July 2013 02:00
Promoter Eddie Hearn said that Luke Campbell, Olympic gold medalist who’s a huge favourite with bookies, will be kept very busy as he struggles through the professional ranks.
UK bookmaker services were delighted to see that the 25-year-old fighter’s professional career started on Saturday night in a lightweight fight against Andy Harris and he knocked down his opponent twice on his way to an amazing 88-second stoppage win, which left many bookies feeling very impressed.
And Hearn said that over the next 12 months, the hot prospect will be worked hard, and bookies all over the world would like to see the hard work pay off.
“I want him to box at least once a month, certainly for the next year, and sometimes twice a month,” said the promoter.
“I want to box him in all the big shows we do all over the country, and also take him to America. One fight at a time, as far as Luke’s concerned. The next one will be September 7 on the Ricky Burns undercard in Glasgow.”
UK bookmaker services saw that at Hull KR’s Craven Park ground, Campbell topped the bill with the bookies, even though it was his first professional fight and the locals were out to watch their hometown hero in action.
“I don’t think it’s ever happened before, someone turning pro in a stadium fight,” said Hearn.
“I thought Luke was mad when he suggested it but, after I came to Hull and saw the support for him, I wanted to give it a go.
“We wanted to make a statement because we’re going to put a lot behind Luke Campbell.
“Without Luke this card wouldn’t have happened here, it would have happened in another arena, but it was an audacious move.
“I think it worked well, I think the people in the city enjoyed it.
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“I think it was groundbreaking and, if we’re going to reach out to the casual fans and the wider audience, which I think Luke Campbell’s got the ability to do, we need to make statements like that.”