IF you were umming and arring about whether to purchase Saturday’s Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view fight between Tony Bellew and David Haye, deliberate no more. Your decision should have been made for you, your mind made up, with today’s announcement that Luke Campbell will appear on the undercard and box an opponent with even less notice than he has been given – 72 hours, give or take – presumably over six or eight rounds or something.
It will no doubt be an awful, one-sided contest, but Campbell, 17-2 (14), hasn’t boxed since his brave effort against Jorge Linares last September and could probably do with a runout. What’s more, it’s looking likely he’ll face his old nemesis Yvan Mendy in a WBC eliminator or title fight, so will need to be sharp and at his best if he’s to avoid a second defeat to the Frenchman. This hastily-arranged outing makes sense for those reasons, then, if nothing else.
Thankfully, the rest of Saturday’s undercard does have meaning and does have purpose. Paul Butler fights Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF bantamweight title, Joe Joyce challenges Lenroy Thomas for the Commonwealth heavyweight title, Martin J. Ward and James Tennyson box for the Commonwealth title at super-featherweight, and super-middleweight contenders Jamie Cox and John Ryder meet in a decent crossroads fight.