‘The Past Year in Boxing Has Been Tough’: Luke Campbell on His Retirement

Published 07/30/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Luke Campbell of England celebrates winning in the WBC Silver Lightweight Championship match during Boxing at Echo Arena on October 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Former two-time world title challenger and Olympic gold medalist in 2012, Luke Campbell, has announced his retirement from boxing. He released a statement recently on social media to let the world know of his decision. In that statement, the pugilist reflected on his career as a whole.

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After a lot of thought and reflection, I have decided that now is the right time to hang up my gloves and retire from boxing. As soon as I first stepped into St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Club in Hull, my dream was always to win the Olympics. By winning gold at London 2012, in front of home support and my family, I had in many ways already achieved my hopes and aspirations in the sport before my professional career even started,” wrote Campbell.

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The past year in boxing has been tough. An extremely long training camp away from family meant I was only able to spend a few days with my new born child and also resulted in me having Christmas apart from them on the other side of the world,” Campbell continued.

Boxing has been a part of who I am since the age of 13 and I would not have been able to reach half the heights I have without the incredible support of my wife Lyndsey, who has been with me every step and punch of the way. I cannot wait to spend more time with you and our three beautiful boys,” he added further.

A look back at the career of Luke Campbell

Campbell was a part of the team Great Britain at the London Olympics 2012 alongside Anthony Joshua and more. The Hull native managed to win the gold medal in his hometown. This remains the highlight of Campbell’s career.

INGLEWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Luke Campbell of Great Britain looks on after being defeated by Jorge Linares of Venezuela in their WBA lightweight title bout at The Forum on September 23, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Campbell first fought for the world title in 2017 against WBA lightweight champion, Jorge Linares. He lost an agonizing split decision that term.

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In 2019, Campbell faced off against the pound-for-pound great Vasyl Lomachenko with the Ring, WBC, WBA, and WBO lightweight titles on the line. It was a back-and-forth technical contest. However, a late knockdown for Lomachenko secured a win for the champion.

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Campbell last fought Ryan Garcia and suffered a stoppage loss. Despite being able to drop Garcia early, a body shot in round 7 stopped him. Nevertheless, it was always a pleasure for the fans to see Campbell in action. We wish Campbell well for his life after boxing.

 

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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