Throwback: Luke Campbell Wins Olympic Gold Via KO

Published 12/30/2020, 5:01 AM EST
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)


Top rated lightweight contender Luke Campbell will challenge Ryan Garcia for the WBC interim belt in an epic thriller on January 2. However, ‘Cool hand’ is the underdog in the fight and several people are posing Garcia as the possible winner. But if you have watched Luke Campbell develop since his gold medal win at the Olympics to his professional ride, its evident how deadly the Brit boxer is.

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Campbell (20-3) became a global sensation when he bagged the gold medal in the Olympics 2012. It will always be a glittery accolade in his boxing resume.

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However, pro-competition is different and Campbell might have a hard time against ‘KingRy’ on January 2. As we walk closer to the WBC Interim title fight, let’s look back at Campbell’s sensational win from the Olympics.

Luke Campbell and the Olympics saga

In 2012, the lightweight pugilist competed in the men’s bantamweight division. He was far from the professional glory and had a dream to conquer the division.

Luke Campbell proved his worth as an elite boxer when he knocked out John Joe Nevin to bag the gold. It was a huge night for him and ‘Cool Hand’ showcased his calibre in the best possible way.

The bout began with both the boxers looking sharp, and Ireland’s Nevin seemed to be confident inside the ring. The first two rounds were close, as both the men had significant moments. But Campbell stole the show in round three by knocking down Nevin. While many thought the Irishman would stand back, it didn’t happen.

Campbell got the win via stoppage and walked away with the Olympic gold medal. It’s been over eight years since that day, but ‘Cool Hand’ continues to relish the biggest possible win of his career.

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His professional ride has been filled with highs and lows. He faced three loses, but none of them came via stoppage. However, that doesn’t ensure his victory against a deadly lightweight champion like Garcia.

If Campbell loses the upcoming fight, it will drag him down to a 2-fight losing streak. Also, it will block his path from entering the world title picture, so Campbell cannot afford to face a defeat at this stage.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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