Luke Campbell out to impress when facing Jairo Lopez in Hull
Last Updated: 23/02/17 12:09pm
Luke Campbell is aiming to put on a show for his hometown fans when he faces Jairo Lopez at the Hull Ice Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Campbell defends his WBC silver lightweight title and hopes an impressive performance against the Mexican will help secure him a world title shot by the end of the year.
"I have a great team around me and whatever route they plan for me, then that is what I will do," said Campbell. "I want to build up and maybe by the end of the year fight for a world title.
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"This is the biggest year of my career and I am working hard, making sacrifices and putting everything I have got into it so hopefully by the end of the year I can be world champion."
The 29-year-old, who returns to the ring after stopping Derry Mathews in four rounds in Liverpool in October, has set his sights on Mikey Garcia's world crown.
"The green belt is the best belt. To have any belt would be awesome but I think the green belt is a little bit more special," said Campbell.
However, the 2012 Olympic champion is open to facing any of the 135lb champions - Anthony Crolla holds the WBA strap and will put it on the line against Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena in a rematch next month, while Terry Flanagan defends his WBO crown at the same venue in March.
"It is a tough division to be in, it is a very exciting division to be in and there are some big fights to be made for sure," added Campbell.
"Every single champion out there is a possibility and Garcia is definitely one of them. I watched his fight in Vegas, he was very impressive. He is a great boxer, three-time champion, he is a special fighter who carries a lot of power and he is a great champion but that doesn't faze me one bit.
"He performed brilliantly that night and got an absolutely brutal knockout against a very strong opponent. I do believe that Zlaticanin was made for him. He was walking on to everything - it's not the best game-plan to walk in in straight lines and show no head movement in front of a big puncher who can box, and has speed and power.
"It has been a while since I have boxed in Hull and there is nothing better than fighting in front of your home fans. Last year I was on the road all year so I am looking forward to being back in front of my home crowd and putting on a good show."
Campbell's fellow Hull favourite and old foe Tommy Coyle returns to action following his epic British title encounter with Tyrone Nurse, taking on unbeaten Londoner Rakeem Noble.
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