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Campbell withdraws from March 7 bout, citing father’s health


Citing the health of his father, British lightweight Luke Campbell has pulled out of a scheduled March 7 bout at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, Yorkshire, England, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport announced on Tuesday.

An Olympic gold medalist in 2012, Campbell (9-0, 7 knockouts) was to pursue his 10th straight victory against former British junior lightweight beltholder Gary Sykes (27-4, 6 KOs), 30, whose recent seven-fight winning streak was cut short by a unanimous decision loss to undefeated Liam Walsh in November.

“After a period in intensive care, my Dad has now been moved to Dove House Hospice,” said Campbell, 27, who had previously been in the ring for a fifth round technical knockout over Daniel Eduardo Brizuela in October. “I feel it’s important that I spend every second possible with my family. I hope that the fans understand my decision and I shall be back in action soon.”

Campbell and 135-pound counterpart Tommy Coyle have been on a march toward a showdown under the banner of Matchroom, their mutual promoter. The 25-year-old Coyle will replace Campbell-Sykes on the card against Martin Gethin, 31, whose fifth round technical decision victory last month ended a run of three straight losses.

Coyle is coming off a shocking, second round technical knockout of former lightweight title challenger Michael Katsidis on the same card as Campbell-Brizuela. The victory was the fifth straight for Coyle during a run that has included three knockouts since being stopped in the 10th round by Derry Matthews in July 2013.

Other bouts will feature welterweight Sam Eggington in pursuit of his sixth consecutive win against Shayne Singleton, with super middleweight Rocky Fielding, junior welterweight Bradley Saunders and junior featherweight Gamal Yafai also in action.