News May 2019

Tough Welshman up next for Luke Campbell


By Michael J Jones

On the huge ExCel Arena show on December 14th, Olympic champion Luke Campbell continues his climb up the rankings when taking on tough Welshman Lance Sheehan.

The lightweight six rounder will be easily Campbellís toughest test to date after three stoppage victories to his credit so far. The Yorkshire southpaw turned pro in July with a first-round dismissal of Andy Harris before doing the same to Neil Hepper three months later.

A week ago in Hull, Campbell impressed again by seeing off the very game Lee Connelly in five on the Lucas Browne-Richard Towers undercard. It takes the talented 26-year-old to a perfect 3-0 (3) as he looks to make it four-out-of four next month.

Aberdareís Sheehan is certainly no mug. The same age as his opponent at 26, Sheehan has been a pro for two years and won his first five contests in Wales before losing a competitive decision to fellow Welshman Tony Pace in Newport.

Pace is known for his toughness and Sheehan more than held his own before going down by 97-93 in the British Masters title fight.

In February, Sheehan would box outside of Wales for the first time in another Masters title bout in Liverpool. After getting badly cut by a head clash, the contest when to a technical decision where the far more experienced Adil Anwar would take the spoils after six.

Anwar was 18-1 compared to the beaten manís 5-1 record beforehand and the gulf in ring experience showed. The Leeds contender would take British champion Darren Hamilton the full twelve rounds next time out so the loss is far from a disgrace for Sheehan.

Sheehan will see this fight as one to put him on the map while Campbell will do well to secure the stoppage in his fourth fight. It should provide an excellent test for Luke at this stage.

Also on the mammoth London bill is another Olympic champion in Anthony Joshua taking on (another Welshman) Dorian Darch while Kevin Mitchell, Lee Purdy and Jamie McDonnell are all also in action.

Matchroom promote as both Campbell and Joshua return to the scene of their Olympic success last year.

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