Olympics: Sheffield trained Luke can’t wait for old foe Nevin

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SHEFFIELD trained Luke Campbell will square off against old foe and family friend John Joe Nevin as he aims to fulfil his ambition of winning an Olympic gold medal in the men’s bantamweight final at ExCeL today.

The Hull 24-year-old eased past Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu 20-11 in his semi-final to set up a third career meeting with Ireland’s Nevin, who beat Cuba’s reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada.

Their goes beyond their two previous bouts, in which Nevin triumphed comfortably in the 2009 EU Championships and the Hull man edged their last meeting on countback at last year’s World Championships.

Campbell said: “I’ve got family in Ireland who know Nevin’s family. We all know he’s a great fighter, and he’s always been one of my major threats. I expected this final before the tournament, and it’s all about me getting it right in the ring tomorrow.”