‘There are champions that people don’t respect, and I’ve never wanted to be one of them,’ Luke Campbell says of his retirement

Luke Campbell
Source: Skysports

“It is not necessary to have a belt to be a champion. These days, you can earn a belt and declare yourself a world champion “; From London 2012, Luke Campbell retired as an Olympic gold medalist.

Luke Campbell was fighting for more than he told anyone in his first world title battle four years ago, and it was a dewy-eyed moment among a treasure trove of memories.

Campbell travelled to California to face Jorge Linares without his father, who had died just days before. He didn’t tell anyone, not the press, not even his closest allies on enemy territory. Before revealing his sadness, he almost lost the struggle. It was and continues to be, a glaring demonstration of elite boxers’ mentality.

In contrast to the glory of his Olympic gold medal victory, Campbell’s horrific week gives the most memorable recollections of a career that ended last week. After gymnast Simone Biles’ withdrawal from an Olympic event due to mental health issues, he signed out with a series of moving words.

“Athletes are human,” he argues, recalling Biles’ experience with the loss of his father, which was cloaked in mystery on the night he boxed for a world championship.

According to Sky Sports, he says: “‘No one can know about this since it will be seen as a flaw,’ I reasoned at the time.

“That was the only thought that sprang to mind.

“In the Linares battle, I should have become the champion. In a 12-round bout, I won seven rounds but lost the decision.”

What’s remarkable is how someone who has reached the summit of their sport’s mental health blindspot may see the problem yet be unable to articulate how boxing can overcome it.

“Boxing is the most difficult sport on the planet,” he claims. “There are some constraints. Nobody claims it’s simple. Every day, you must literally challenge yourself.”

Will boxing always struggle to deal with mental health issues?

He believes, “There’s always an opportunity for improvement.”

Is he sorry he didn’t back out of the Linares fight?

“It doesn’t matter because I didn’t.”

He gets a lot more agitated when he’s talking about another fight: “The fight with Yvan Mendy is the one I regret the most. That night, I should not have been in the ring. I was infected with a virus.”

Campbell’s first professional setback, which he later avenged, is now simply a blip on an otherwise stellar career.

He was never a world champion; in 2019, he came out on top, but not with the belt, after a challenge from Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Linares in the United States, followed by Lomachenko, are two dreadful assignments for your sole chance at the title.

He says, “They are.” “Because of that route and my performances, I gained respect.

“It is not necessary to have a belt to be a champion.

“These days, you can earn a belt and declare yourself a world champion.

“It’s up to the fans to decide if you’re the champion or not. They refer to me as ‘champ.’

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