Campbell Fought With Heavy Heart Against Linares
This past Saturday night Luke Campbell ended up on the wrong side of a close split decision to Jorge Linares, but prior to stepping in the ring he had to deal with a personal tragedy.
Campbell in an interview with BBC Sport told reporters that his father Bernard, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, died in Hull while Campbell was in the United States preparing to challenge Linares for his world title. Campbell not looking for the spotlight nor to show any sign of weakness kept the news under wraps.
“If someone had found out I would have denied it. I didn’t want Linares’ camp thinking it was a weakness. I didn’t want them thinking I was hurt… The only thing that kept me going is I know what my dad would have wanted for me. To fight and to win.
Campbell was able to bounce back from an early knockdown in the second round to give Linares essentially all he could handle until the final bell, but it just wasn’t enough to win on the scorecards. Even still, Campbell fought a tough fight and made it tough on the judges even though he had to deal with this personal tragedy.
“I had a lot to deal with in the last two weeks. All the people writing me off, the negativity and in the background my dad died. I think I shut a lot of mouths and I thought I actually won the fight.
Campbell believes he did his father proud, but due to being in the United States, that he felt isolated from the strength of his family who were all back home grieving over the death.