Luke Campbell: ‘I want Yvan Mendy’


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Hull’s Luke Campbell has set this sights on a rematch with Yvan Mendy in the coming months after he beat Jairo Lopez at the Hull Ice Arena on Saturday night.

The Olympic gold medallist was under pressure going into the fight as he chases world honours before the end of 2017.

Campbell proved his class from the first bell as he continued to land left hands before his Mexican opponent hit the canvas.

Lopez managed to last the round but he was soon on the floor again in the second due to a punishing uppercut.

The referee soon waved off the fight and that allowed Campbell to successfully defended his WBC silver lightweight title.

Straight after the fight, the 29-year-old called out Mendy, who beat him on points in a huge upset back in 2015.

However, since basing himself in Miami with trainer Jorge Rubio, Campbell has kicked on and he expects to silence Mendy once and for all.

He told Sky Sports: “Mendy has done the worst thing possible in beating me. He had me on the worst night possible and it is never going to happen again.

“In a way I have to thank him for that night, because he made me make some big changes in my career. But I’m going to make him suffer. I want that fight badly.”

Campbell’s win was followed up by victories for David Allen and Tommy Coyle on Saturday night but Gavin McDonnell was unable to win the WBC super-bantamweight title after he lost to Rey Vargas on points.

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