Hull Olympic victor Luke Campbell's homecoming 'nerves'

Olympic gold medal winning boxer Luke Campbell has admitted he is "nervous" about facing the crowds at a homecoming party thrown in his honour in Hull.

The event, at Hull City Hall on Tuesday from 18:00 BST, will also celebrate Hull Olympian Alex Smith, who reached the men's hammer final.

Mr Campbell, 24, said he could not wait to get back home and show off his medal which he said "weighs a ton".

"I'm very excited but also a little bit nervous at seeing everyone," he said.

'Average guy'

Mr Campbell said he was "very proud" to come from Hull.

"I can't thank all the supporters back home enough. I've taken all that support with me into the ring," he said.

"Every punch I've thrown, I've felt them all with me and cheering me on."

Mr Campbell, who trains at the city's St Paul's Boxing Academy, won Olympic gold for his victory over Ireland's John Joe Nevin in the bantamweight final on Saturday.

It "still didn't sound real" to be described as an Olympic champion, said Mr Campbell.

"I'm just an average guy who worked hard in the gym. Everybody else can do the same," he said.

'Haven't got the energy'

Mr Campbell said after Tuesday's Hull homecoming it was unlikely he would be seen wearing his Olympic gold.

"It's heavy carrying that around. It weighs a ton," he said.

"I'm tired from boxing so I haven't got the energy to carry it about."

After Mr Campbell's appearance on the balcony at Hull City Hall with Smith, the duo will be treated to a special dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber Danny Brown.

Following the celebration, Mr Campbell said it would be "time to take a bit of downtime" with his family and friends.

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