Success breeds success. It’s not just a saying. It shows. Just look at Gallaghers Gym in Bolton and there long running successful stable of British, Commonwealth, interim, international and world champions.
In the United Kingdom over recent years we have had a flourish in lightweight talent. Amir Khan came back from his unexpected knockout loss to Breidis Prescott by 2 fights later winning a world title at Lightweight. Since then Ricky Burns gave up his world title to step up to lightweight and become a 2 weight world Champion. Kevin Mitchel has had several high profile fights including losses to Michael Katsidis and Ricky burns but has impressive victories including a comeback stoppage win on the biggest stage at Wembley in May this year and a win over John Murray in a contest labelled ‘Fight of the year’.
Anthony Crolla has pushed his name up the rankings with an entertaining draw in hjs rematch with Derry Matthews before going on to beat former world champion Gavin Rees and besting John Murray in an all Manchester clash. Luke Campbell won an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and has stepped up to lightweight as a professional and now boasts a perfect record including a recent 2nd round stoppage over the tough and entertaining Daniel Brizuela. Campbell is lined up for a summer showdown with his friend Tommy Coyle in a battle for bragging rights in Hull. Coyle raised his own profile by losing by stoppage to Derry Matthews but winni g a majority of the rounds in the process showing his potential. He has since gone one to stop Daniel Brizuela himself in the 12 round after climbing off the canvass no less than 4 times himself.
Add the likes of Derry Matthews himself, Gary Buckland, John Murray and many more we have a mouth watering potential for domestic bust ups or even a super six style competition where we could find out who the top British lightweight is.
On December 6th at ‘The home of British boxing’ the York Hall Bethnal Green in London Eddie Hearn’s matchroom boxing presents a 3rd instalment in the lightweight prizefighter. This will be a good chance to see who out of the upcoming lightweights can join the domestic mix.