Luke Campbell-Yvan Mendy rematch set for September 22 in London
Former world title challenger Luke Campbell will take on Yvan Mendy in a rematch at Wembley Stadium in London on September 22.
Campbell, who is rated No. 7 by THE RING at 135 pounds, was floored and outpointed by Mendy in December 2015. However, the Englishman has improved dramatically since that time, winning six fights with his only defeat coming via split decision to then-lightweight champion Jorge Linares last September.
“I want to clear Mendy off my record,” said Campbell. “For reasons that I’ve talked about previously, I should have never got in to the ring that night but what’s done is done. I can’t wait to right that wrong on my record.
“Mendy’s always been on my list for sure. He’s been winning and it will be a very tough fight. He is a tough competitor; strong and durable.
“I am now a completely different person and a different fighter all-round. I’m bigger, I’m wiser, my boxing ability is 10 times what it was back then.”
Shane McGuigan has taken over from Jorge Rubio as trainer, and Campbell feels that the switch will only add to an already formidable southpaw repertoire.
“I’ve already struck up a great relationship with Shane, and I have no doubt that he is going to take me to the next level,” said the former amateur star who struck Olympic gold at London 2012. “I want to become a world champion and Shane has a proven track record.”
Mendy is seven fights unbeaten since defeating Campbell and is ranked No. 1 by the WBC at lightweight.
“I’m within touching distance of landing a shot at the WBC world title and Luke Campbell is standing in my way,” said the 33-year-old Frenchman. “I’m willing to fight anyone to get my hands on that green belt. I beat him before and I will do it again. This time he will not hear the final bell.”
Campbell vs. Mendy, which will be a final eliminator for the WBC title, lands on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin.
General sale tickets are available via www.stubhub.co.uk the official ticketing partner or https://events.wembleystadium.com. For accessible tickets please call Wembley Stadium on 0800 093 0824. Official ticket and coach packages with National Express are available via www.stubhub.co.uk, with 45 departure points across the UK.
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £400, £800 and £2,000 VIP plus booking fees.
Quotes courtesy of a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing.
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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