Wollongong boxer will take fight to Hammond

Adrian Campbell working out with coach Brad Gallagher ahead of next week's clash. Picture: GREG TOTMAN
Adrian Campbell working out with coach Brad Gallagher ahead of next week's clash. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Wollongong boxer Adrian Campbell believes several rounds of sparring with Anthony Mundine and a reunion with coach Brad Gallagher has him primed to re-establish himself on the Australian welterweight scene.

Campbell plans to send the division a message with an upset victory over highly-touted London Olympian Cameron Hammond on the undercard to Mundine's bout with former IBF welterweight world champion Joshua Clottey in Newcastle on Wednesday.

Hammond is 8-0 in his pro career and has an undeniable amateur pedigree but Campbell, who has boxed 120 more rounds in 26 pro fights, has no intention of being a stepping stone for an amateur star taking an easy route to a pro career.

"He's fought the best in the amateurs but this is a different game," Campbell said.

"This is the pros, this isn't the amateurs. It's a bit rougher in there, it's not about scoring points it's about getting knocked out.

"I'm going to take the old school to him.

"I can't stand back and let the guy box me because that's obviously what he's good at.

"I've got to get in there get on his chest and make it a fight and take him out of his comfort zone."

Campbell has worked sporadically with Gallagher in the past but since joining him full-time at Dragonfit Fight Club said he's never been better prepared for a fight.

"I've had two fights booked where opponents have pulled out at late notice and I've never been out of the gym, so I'm 100 per cent ready to go," he said.

"Boxing's not a one-man sport. As much as you're in there by yourself it's a team atmosphere that gets you ready.

"When I wasn't with Brad I was lacking that bit extra that I needed.

"However, Brad's got that back into me now."

Campbell said time spent in the ring with Mundine and rising middleweight star Renold Quinlan at Mundine's gym has been invaluable preparation.

At 36, the father of seven hopes a victory over Hammond will set up more bouts with Australia's best so he can "look back and say I didn't dodge anybody".


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