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Luke Campbell

Luke Campbell

Luke Campbell is adamant the coronavirus hiatus should have no bearing on his world title shot once boxing is given the all-clear to resume.

The London 2012 gold medallist was scheduled to fight for the vacant WBC lightweight crown against Javier Fortuna in Maryland on Friday night but all major sporting events have been suspended indefinitely.

Muddying the waters for Campbell going forwards is Devin Haney's status with the WBC, which stripped the American of the belt last December and declared him champion in recess because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Haney would have had the right to take on the winner of Campbell-Fortuna once fit but the 21-year-old last week petitioned the WBC to reinstate him as champion, insisting he will be ready to fight once boxing gets given the green light.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman backtracked on claims Haney's request had been granted and is now reviewing the matter, but Campbell believes the governing body is duty-bound to proceed with his bout against Fortuna.

Campbell said: "Haney's situation shouldn't make the slightest bit of difference. This fight has already been made and it's already been chosen for the title so as soon as we go back to normal, nothing should change.

"Haney can still fight the winner if he so chooses."

Belfast Telegraph