Fans backing Hull boxer Luke Campbell to get to Olympic semi-finals
BOXING fans say they are confident Luke Campbell can win through to the Olympic semi-finals.
Watched by boxing greats Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, Luke earned his quarter-final place in front of 10,000 cheering fans at the ExCeL Arena in London on Wednesday.
He now fights Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev on Sunday night.
And once again the whole region will be behind him as he steps into the ring.
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After his Olympic debut, Luke sent a message to his supporters via Twitter.
It read: "Signed in4a quick message! The support I'm getting from u all is unreal thank u so much. Good 2get 1st fight out the way, I'll be better next time X."
Mike Bromby, Luke's coach at St Paul's Boxing Club, said the fighter is where he needs to be after overcoming nerves.
He said: "Luke boxed well. He was a bit nervous but he put it together.
"He knows what he has got to do. Every fight for him now is his gold medal."
Boxers from St Paul's watched Luke in action at Barracuda bar in Hull city centre, where fans also gathered to watch the fight.
"It's great for them," said Mike. "It is great for the club.
"He will be ready for his next fight. He has got his first fight out of the way and he will be ready to perform.
"He is where he needs to be now."
Esther Damary-Thompson, director of Standing Ovation events, organised the event at Barracuda so fans across the city could get together.
She said: "The focus, passion and intensity that Luke has brought to his gold medal bid is incredible.
"When he first stepped into that ring on Wednesday night the whole of Hull was there with him, cheering him on. The atmosphere was electric.
"He carries the hopes and aspirations of a city and a region that is 100 per cent behind him.
"I believe he can make it to the end and when he comes home with that gold we will all be so incredibly proud of him.
"I couldn't think of a harder-working and more deserving local hero than Luke Campbell. Good luck Luke, it is your time to shine."
Young fan Harvey Kemp, 8, said he was excited to see Luke box in the Olympics and watched the fight with his family.
He said: "I thought it was really good. I was very happy for him when he won.
"I think he is going to do really well and be the best."