By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Luke Campbell now has a date ahead of his next fight.
The Olympic gold medallist is set to return to the ring in London before Christmas, live on Sky Sports.
Campbell will box for the first time since becoming a married man, four months after beating Hull rival Tommy Coyle in August, on the ‘Bad Intentions’ card at the O2 Arena.
‘Cool Hand’ holds the WBC International lightweight crown and is expected to defend that title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s three-title clash against amateur rival Dillian Whyte.
We could see a step up for 27-year-old southpaw, who is undefeated in 12 outings with 10 early endings.
“My opponent is not confirmed yet,” said Campbell, who has a respectable number eight ranking with the World Boxing Council, “but I’m looking to fight a world ranked contender.
“I’ve had a solid rest since the Coyle fight and my camp is just getting underway [for December 12].
“August 1 was a great night for boxing in Hull and I’m pleased I managed to get the rounds under my belt in that fight.
“I feel like I’m ready to push for world honours in 2016. The domestic scene is buzzing at 135lbs and I’m confident I can capture that world title next year.”
Elsewhere, Kevin Mitchell will be in action on the card after recovering from an eye injury.
The Dagenham lightweight, who was stopped by Jorge Linares in a challenge for the Venezuelan’s WBC strap back in May, will be hoping to get a big win under his belt before stepping on the gas towards another world title shot.
And Scott Quigg, the WBA super bantamweight champion, is likely to feature on the bill, depending on how negotiations with the McGuigans go, regarding a fight with world title rival Carl Frampton, who holds the IBF belt.
Tickets for the highly anticipated bill-topper between Joshua and Whyte, which is to be flanked by a star-studded undercard, sold-out in six hours last week, but there are still limited tickets remaining at www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets.by