Posted: Feb 20 2014
Luke Campbell MBE, British boxing’s most celebrated amateur boxer, is no stranger to big fights. Having won the silver in the 2011 World Championships in Azerbaijan, gold in the European’s and 2012 London Olympic titles, the 25 year old’s professional career really has started with a bang.
Now generally, the best boxers are known for their footwork, so reaching the final of ITV’s Dancing on Ice shouldn’t have been a surprise, but perhaps his appearance in the show was - after all, boys from Hull generally aren’t known for their dancing - we can only assume he learned his trade at the Friday night disco at the Hull Ice Arena.
After becoming the first Bantamweight to bring home the gold for Britain in the Olympics since Henry Thomas in 1908, Luke then took a year out to spend time with his family and plan his next steps.
Promoted by Eddie Hearn and with a Sky Sports deal in the bag, it will only be a matter of time before everyone knows the young star’s name as he works towards becoming a boxing great. Eddie compares Luke’s support in Hull to Manchester’s support for Ricky Hatton’s and that can only be a positive.
So, by 25, Luke Campbell is an MBE; awarded in 2013 New Years Honours for services to boxing, has his face on a first class stamp, medalled at all the major championships, has a gold postbox to his name, two young sons with his fiancee Lynsey Kraanen, ice skates, juggles, fire breathes and can fly! Well, most of that list is true. Still, it goes without saying, Luke is an athlete to aspire too both in and out of the ring.
Luke wears the Chess London Bowater Casual Blue Blazer here as he strikes up his most comfortable pose.