Luke Campbell insists he can handle the pressure of a high profile pro debut in Hull
Luke Campbell is unfazed by the prospect of making his professional debut in front of more than 10,000 fans in Hull.
Last Updated: 21/06/13 3:11pm
Campbell will make one of the most high-profile entries to the paid ranks in recent times as he takes on an as-yet-unnamed opponent on an open-air show at Hull KR's MS3 Craven Park on July 13.
"Having gone through the Olympic Games wanting to achieve my ultimate goal, I learned how to handle pressure and use it to my advantage," he said.
"I am a very content and happy person because I did something I had always dreamed of and no-one can take that away from me. The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to continue to succeed."
Campbell is acutely aware of the responsibility that rests on his shoulders as something of a poster boy for those who fight their way up out of relatively disadvantaged backgrounds to reach the top.
"Hopefully kids will see that I'm just like them, someone from a deprived area who worked hard and achieved my goal. It goes to show that you don't have to be from a posh area to be good at something."
Campbell has teamed up with Sport England to support a multi-million pound National Lottery investment in the StreetGames charity, which will establish new clubs to tempt children from disadvantaged communities to take up sport.