Luke Campbell Doubts Mikey Garcia Will Return To 135

Luke Campbell will be back in the ring next weekend.

The Hull lightweight will mark time ahead of his next world title challenge on March 15.

Campbell, an Olympic champion, has been added to the supporting cast of his promoter Eddie Hearn’s big St Patrick’s Day weekend card in Philadelphia.

‘Cool Hand’ beat Yvan Mendy in a rematch last September, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN Stateside, to become the mandatory challenger to the WBC world title that is currently held by Mikey Garcia.

But with Garcia heading up to welterweight to take on IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. on March 16, Campbell (19-2, 15 KOs) will face an opponent to be confirmed at the Liacouras Center as he awaits his second shot at global honours.

Campbell doubts Garcia will return to lightweight. He expects him to stay at welterweight or drop to junior welterweight.

“I don’t think you can go to fight at welterweight, and then go back down straight to lightweight,” Campbell told Sky Sports.

“I think he’ll have bulked up a bit, put a bit of muscle on and stuff like that to go up to welter, so I cannot imagine him being able to just come straight back down. I think if he does [win], then he would probably want to stay at that weight.

“Either way, I’ll be fighting for the title. After his fight, we should definitely get some news on what is going on. I would like to be fighting for the title in July time, by the summer.”

Tevin Farmer headlines the card in a defence of his IBF super-featherweight crown against Jono Carroll, while Irish star Katie Taylor will challenge WBO female lightweight champion Rose Volante as she looks to keep hold of her WBA and IBF titles.

Former Olympian Daniyar Yeleussinov will see action on the bill alongside Reshat Mati and John Joe Nevin.

Raymond Ford makes his debut, while Henry Lundy faces Avery Sparrow and there is a tasty middleweight match-up between Gabriel Rosado and Maciej Sulecki.

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