Campbell ready for Nevin clash

Luke Campbell, pictured, and John Joe Nevin have split their previous two fights

Luke Campbell, pictured, and John Joe Nevin have split their previous two fights

First published in National Sport © by

Boxer Luke Campbell will square off against old foe and family friend John Joe Nevin as he aims to fulfil his lifelong ambition of winning an Olympic gold medal in the men's bantamweight final at ExCeL on Saturday.

The Hull 24-year-old eased past Japan's Satoshi Shimizu 20-11 in their semi-final to set up a third career meeting with Ireland's Nevin - a stunning 19-14 winner over Cuba's reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada.

But the dream is over for Lowestoft middleweight Anthony Ogogo, who must settle for picking up a bronze medal after he was floored twice on his way to a 16-9 defeat to powerful Brazilian Esquiva Falcao.

Campbell's relationship with Nevin goes beyond their two previous bouts, in which Nevin triumphed comfortably in the 2009 EU Championships and the Hull man edged their last meeting on countback at last year's World Championships.

Meanwhile, Ogogo, whose Olympic build-up was marred by a serious illness suffered by his mother, admitted he would find some pride in taking home a bronze medal after going down to Falcao, the man who also beat him in last year's World Championships.

Fred Evans continued his magnificent run in the men's welterweight division as he reached the final with a superbly composed performance to see off Ukraine's world number one and reigning world champion Taras Shelestyuk 11-10.

Once again roared on by a capacity crowd, who have taken the Welshman's no-holds-barred style to their hearts, Evans started in composed fashion, keeping the Ukrainian at range and darting in behind a flicking right jab.

Anthony Joshua became the third British man to book his place in an Olympic boxing final as he cut down 6ft 9ins Kazakh Ivan Dychko with a big final round performance to pull out a 13-11 victory.



Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree