Luke Campbell shares moving message after dad’s death two weeks before his world title fight

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Luke Campbell has thanked fans for their support after revealing his dad died two weeks before his world title fight.

The Olympic boxer opened up about the heartbreak of losing his father two weeks before facing Jorge Linares in the ring on Saturday night, and despite defeat, has taken to social media to thank everyone.

Luke, who was awarded an MBE, tweeted: “The past couple of weeks have been extremely tough, I hope I made my dad proud. all the support means the world to me!”

Alongside the tweet, that has received more than 1,000 likes, Luke posted a picture of him in the ring.

Campbell’s dad, Bernard, had been battling cancer since 2014 and passed away at home in Hull earlier this month, aged just 58.

Jorge Linares of Venezuela exchanges punches with Luke Campbell

Campbell told the BBC that he held back the news so his opponent wouldn’t take advantage of a perceived weakness before their fight.

“I probably cried once a day. I had to try and shut feelings off. After the fight I had a good cry,” Campbell told BBC Sport.

Just before thanking his supporters, Luke showed he hadn’t been defeated in his hopes for boxing glory, posting a video of him performing pull-ups on the beach and stating: “Thank you for your messages of support they all mean so much to me I’m spending some quality time with my family right now then we go again.”

Hundreds of people have pledged their support for Luke on the Mail’s Facebook page, as well as sending their condolences at the loss of Bernard Campbell.



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