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Hull's Luke Campbell to fight for Olympic gold

Hull boxer Luke Campbell will have the chance to fight for a gold medal at the London Olympics.

The bantamweight takes on Ireland's John Joe Nevin in the final on Saturday. He is already guaranteed at least a silver medal.

He will be supported at the ExCel arena by family and friends.

After his semi-final bout on Thursday, MP for Hull East Karl Turner tweeted that Campbell had "done Hull proud" and described him as a "superstar."

He was a "real inspiration to Hull youth," the tweet added.

The 24-year-old's mother, Gill Campbell, said the reaction to her son's success had been "quite touching".

"People stop you in the street who don't even know you to wish him good luck."

Campbell has been boxing since the age of 13. He trains at the St Paul's Boxing Academy in Hull city centre.

Coach Mike Bromby said his success had inspired other boxers at the club.

"It's great for all these youngsters coming through," he said.

"It couldn't have happened to a better person. Hull's a great city and Luke's a great boxer.

"We have hundreds of members and they've also followed Luke and now he's at the top in the Olympic games, the phone never stops ringing."

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