Boxing: Souped-up Campbell puts in ‘Hull’ of a display to get title in the can

Luke Campbell, right, and friend and rival Tommy Coyle.
Luke Campbell, right, and friend and rival Tommy Coyle.
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Luke Campbell won the battle of the Hull lightweights with a 10th-round stoppage of the brave Tommy Coyle in an electrifying encounter at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

The London 2012 gold medallist knocked down his former sparring partner and friend in the second round with a brutal body shot, but Coyle not only survived the round he kept coming forward in their fight which doubled as a WBC lightweight eliminator.

It was a trait the game 25-year-old continued to adopt but he was continually beaten to the punch and another body shot in the 10th proved to be the beginning of the end, with Campbell knocking his opponent down twice more before the referee ended the contest with Coyle reeling in the corner.

However, Campbell, who improved his record to 12-0 with 10KOs, was undoubtedly given the stiffest test of his professional career as he was taken past eight rounds for the first time.

The 27-year-old was the overwhelming favourite heading into the bout and, after a cagey opening round, he demonstrated why midway through the second with a sharp left under the ribs doubling Coyle up.

Campbell rained punches down on Coyle at the start of the third but was unable to land the killer blow before the underdog landed a decent right hand just before the bell.

Coyle kept coming forward, attempting to upset Campbell’s rhythm but the highly-regarded southpaw continued to land punches from all angles to head and body in the mid-rounds.

Coyle landed a good body shot of his own in the seventh which appeared to briefly trouble Campbell, who stepped up a gear in the ninth with a blow to the mid-section before the bell saved his opponent. It was to be referee Victor Loughlin who saved him in the next round.