Hull’s Olympic hero Luke Campbell moved a step closer to challenging for a world title with a stunning 10th round stoppage victory against city rival Tommy Coyle on Saturday night.
Fifteen thousand braved the elements and flocked Hull KR’s KC Lightstream Stadium for the highky anticipated Rumble On The Humber show and Campbell didn’t disappoint.
Right from the first bell to the moment referee Victor Loughlin stepped in and saved Coyle from further misery in the 10th round, Campbell’s fast hands, defensive superiority and vicious body shots were far too much for his opponent.
Fifteen thousand braved the elements and flocked to the home of Hull KR to see if 2012 Olympic gold medalist Campbell wouldlive up to the hype that has surrounded him since his success at the London Games and subsequently from turning professional shortly afterwards.
Campbell’s performance and the Rumble On The Humber card lived up to its billing.
Nicknamed Cool Hand, Campbell showed ice cool composure in the face of a rough and rugged Coyle, who tried to manhandle from the first bell.
Campbell was sharper in the opening exchanges and it looked like it was done and dusted when he thudded home a huge left hook to Coyle’s ribs that put him down, but he showed his trademark resilience to beat the 10-count.
Coyle was on the receiving end on numerous occasions, particularly in the fourth and sixth rounds as Campbell showed razor sharp reactions to make his man miss and punish him.
The decisive blows came in the 10th as Coyle was once again down from a left to the body just 30 seconds into the round and yet again found himself on the canvas following a flurry of hurtful shots in the neutral corner.
Loughlin allowed Coyle a stay of execution when many thought it was over, and he was again patient when Campbell stalked him into another corner and put him on his backside again.
If Loughlin was overly-lenient with the weary Coyle on the previous three occasions, he was given no choice when Campbell again backed his man up and unloaded another flurry of vicious and accurate shots.
This time Loughlin showed mercy and called a halt to proceedings to save the brave Coyle from further punishment.
Don’t miss Monday’s Yorkshire Post for more from the Rumble On The Humber show plus reaction from Campbell, Coyle and promoter Eddie Hearn.