September 22nd 2018: By Aaron Cooper
‘Coolhand’ Luke Campbell ensured it was revenge and not repeat as he beat Yvan Mendy via unanimous decision at Wembley Stadium.
Mendy handed Campbell his first professional loss three years ago. However, an inspired boxing performance put paid to any hopes of Mendy claiming a second victory over the Olympic Gold Medalist from Hull. Setting up a world title challenge for the WBC world lightweight title. Currently held by Mikey Garcia.
Mendy fought a very similar fight to that of their first encounter. Standing in front of Campbell at all times, applying pressure, although not throwing a great deal. Campbell however, had learned from his mistakes three years ago to put on perhaps the best performance in his professional career.
The first round belonged to the Englishman who used his feet well to gespin-offff from the pressure of his French opponent. The bodywork from Campbell stealing the first round. Mendy perhaps took the second as he chipped away at Campbell.
Coolhand did look to struggle to find gaps in the defence of Mendy to land any real clean work in the third. However, once again his footwork enabling more work, pinching the round. The fourth round saw the best punch of the fight so far. Once again the beautiful bodywork of Campbell setting up a cuffing left hand. The bodywork and fast feet definitely saw the man from Hull take the fifth.
A change in tactic in the sith did not pay off for Mendy. He stopped plodding forwards but Campbell met him with power shots from the left hand, taking another round.
Mendy perhaps stole the seventh. But the eight saw Campbell go back to boxing beautifully off of the backfoot throwing fast, eye-catching punches.
More bodywork and Mendy’s lack of volume gave Campbell the ninth. The pace of the fight staying the same aside from a few brief moments of success that probably handed Mendy the eleventh round.
Bizarrely Mendy’s body language suggested that he might have won the fight. However, the three scoring judges handed Campbell the victory with scores of 119-109, 118-111 and 116-112.