Luke Campbell (13-1, 11KOs), captured the lightweight Commonwealth title last night with a fantastic second round stoppage against Gary Sykes (28-5, 6KOs), at the Sheffield Arena.
Campbell dominated the contest from the opening bell, and the tricky southpaw’s awkward style was simply too much for Sykes to handle.
The Olympic gold medalist became Hull’s first Commonwealth champion and is now keen to both avenge his loss to Yvan Mendy and meet Scott Cardle for the British title.
“I put 100 per cent into the camp,” said Campbell. “I left my family to go to Miami because Gary is a warrior and gives value for money, I had to stop him before he got going as he’s a tough fighter with bags of ability.
“The loss against Yvan was my fault but I’ve dealt with the consequences, and it’s onwards and upwards from here now. It’s a major sacrifice going to Miami for long training camps, but this is not a game; you can get hurt in boxing if you don’t pay full attention to your task.
“Mendy is on my list to get revenge for the loss, and now I’ve got the Commonwealth belt maybe I can get the British too. Scotty is a great guy but he’s got something I want, and that’s what we’re in the game for.”
Campbell’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, added: “It was must-win for him, and I am delighted for Luke. The Mendy fight is one I’d like to make, and so is Cardle, who has a tough fight next week. I believe Luke is one of the top Lightweights in the world, and we want to land the fights that will let him prove it.”