Campbell out to tame ‘Le Lion’ in London

Luke Campbell.
Luke Campbell.
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Hull’s Olympic champion Luke Campbell will defend his WBC international lightweight title against French champion Yvan Mendy at The O2 in London on Saturday, December 12.

Campbell makes the first defence of the belt he landed in the all-Hull clash with Tommy Coyle at the KC Lightstream stadium in July, with the 2012 gold medallist making Coyle his tenth knockout victim in his 12 wins as a professional.

The Hull favourite now looks to end a great year on a high against ‘Le Lion’, the 30-year-old French title holder who has a wealth of experience behind him.

Mendy has made four successful defences of the national belt he won in June 2013 and went the distance with WBC super-lightweight champion Viktor Postol before taking Edis Tatli to a decision for the Finn’s European title.

“A big win at The O2 will be the perfect end to a great year for me,” said Campbell.

“Beating Tommy (Coyle) in the huge show in Hull in the summer was great, but this fight with Mendy is massive for me before moving towards a world title fight in 2016.

“Yvan has bags of experience and has mixed at a high level and gave Postol and Tatli 12 hard rounds, so it’s going to be a real test for me and one that I need with an exciting year ahead of me in the brilliant lightweight division.”

Campbell’s clash with Mendy is part of a huge night of action at The O2, topped by Campbell’s Olympic gold team-mate Anthony Joshua MBE taking on bitter rival Dillian Whyte for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.

Leeds’s Josh Warrington defends his WBC international featherweight title against Jorge Sanchez on the O2 bill. Chris Eubank Jr and Spike O’Sullivan meet in a final eliminator for the WBA world middleweight title.