Lightweight prospect Luke Campbell insists that time is on his side
Last Updated: 06/08/15 3:27pm
Luke Campbell is aiming for the very top of the lightweight division - but is happy to take his time getting there.
Campbell extended his unbeaten record as a professional to 12 with a ruthless 10th-round stoppage of Hull rival Tommy Coyle and now has the biggest names in his sights at 9st 9lbs.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist has plenty of competition in Britain alone, with WBO champion Terry Flanagan, Kevin Mitchell, Ricky Burns and Derry Mathews all highly ranked.
Manchester's Anthony Crolla is also in the world title shake-up after being granted a rematch with WBA champion Darleys Perez, and Campbell believes he belongs in their company.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: "I believe I can match them all with my skill and technical ability right now but I have only been a pro for two years.
"I think there has been improvement in every single fight I've had and I think that there was a little bit more pressure than normal on Saturday night, but I performed again. Everybody saw further improvement.
"I feel I'm just scratching at the surface at the moment and the more I fight the better I am going to be. I want to be fighting for world honours, that's why I am in boxing. I want to be the best. I am happy to fight anybody."
Promoter Eddie Hearn has said that he believes Campbell to be Britain's greatest ever amateur, and he wants him to be fighting for a world title in two years. Others have urged him to take a quicker route to the top but Campbell is happy to bide his time.
He added: "As an amateur I always used to say it is one thing getting to the top it is another staying there and it is exactly the same in the professional game. It won't be easy but when I get to the top I want to stay there.
"The good thing is that I believe in my team and they believe in me. Whatever path they make for me I am happy to walk it. I am happy to take it fight by fight and keep moving forward.
"The Coyle fight was good, it was non-stop work-rate through the rounds, and that has stood me in good stead."