WE know reality and fantasy are very different things, but Luke Campbell will today be forgiven for ignoring the difference as he celebrates securing home advantage for his second world title shot.
The fantasy: On August 31, at London’s O2 Arena, Campbell will get a shot at the WBA, WBC and WBO world lightweight titles, having strung together three straight wins, including a revenge victory over Yvan Mendy, since losing to Jorge Linares in 2017.
It is a shot he probably deserves; one he has patiently waited for. Not only that, at 31 years of age, he is seasoned and mature now, prepared for it in a way he perhaps wasn’t when boxing Linares for the WBA version two years ago. He has learnt from setbacks. He has been buoyed by successes.