Luke Campbell set for pro debut

5/15/2013 - Boxing

Luke Campbell, who became the first British boxer to win a bantamweight Olympic gold medal in more than 100 years in London last summer, will make his professional debut July 13 in the main event of a card that also includes a rematch between welterweight contender Kell Brook and Carson Jones.

The show, which will be televised on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, will take place at the outdoor Craven Park rugby stadium in Hull, England, Campbell's hometown, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Wednesday.

Campbell, 25, will face an opponent to be determined.

"This is going to be a special night for Hull and a massive night for British boxing," Hearn said.

"The whole city will have a chance to witness the start of Luke's professional journey whilst also watching a huge card."

England's Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) will face Jones (35-9-3, 25 KOs), of Oklahoma City, in a scheduled 10-round rematch of their brutal fight from last July. Fighting in his hometown of Sheffield, Brook won a 12-round majority decision in a title-elimination fight.

Brook later became the mandatory challenger for world titlist Devon Alexander. They were scheduled to fight three times, but each time the bout fell out due to injury -- one to Alexander and two to Brook. Most recently, they were due to meet on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., but Brook suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during training last month, forcing him to withdraw from the fight for good.

"Kell Brook returns after a frustrating period, re-matching Carson Jones following their epic battle last July," Hearn said.

Alexander will still fight on Saturday night, instead defending against England's Lee Purdy, Brook's promotional stablemate, while Brook will sit out until July.

"We took the fight for 20 percent of what he got in the first fight because he wanted the fight so badly," Bobby Dobbs, Jones' manager, said. "He left for camp [Tuesday] and Kell Brook is in trouble if he doesn't pull out."

In another undercard bout, Hull lightweight Tommy Coyle (15-1, 6 KOs) faces Derry Mathews (32-8-2, 17 KOs) of Liverpool for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.