News | Sep 25 2017

Luke Campbell had to cope with death of father ahead of world title fight

Luke Campbell kept his grief secret ahead of Jorge Linares lightweight world title fight
Jorge Linares
Boxing: Linares vs Campbell  |  Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports/Action Images

LUKE CAMPBELL had to cope with the death of his father in the lead-up to his WBA lightweight title fight with Jorge Linares.

The London 2012 gold medal winner was beaten on a split decision in California on Saturday night against the Venezuelan champion. And the 29-year-old Englishman revealed his father Bernard, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, died aged 58 in Hull while he was in the United States.

Campbell kept the news to himself as he did not want his opponent to know before the fight.