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Boxing: Luke Campbell stops Troy James in fifth round

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Luke Campbell warmed up for a world title eliminator by stopping Troy James inside five rounds. Luke is due to meet Yvan Mendy, who beat him in 2015, in a final eliminator for the WBC title later this year, but first, he had the opportunity to dust off some cobwebs in London.

James, a former British title challenger, spiritedly tried to match his southpaw foe but Campbell was simply a level above and, in the second, a ferocious left uppercut-right hook combination had the Coventry man down. There was no let-up from the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, who continued to unleash spiteful one-two salvos, and James hit the canvas again in the fourth after a cuffing blow landed around the back of the guard. An outmatched James valiantly fought on but the referee decided he had seen enough in the fifth and halted proceedings.

Boxing: Luke Campbell stops Troy James in fifth round - Luke

To get him in shape, the Hull star stepped up to welterweight to concede 11lbs to Troy James but it never looked a problem as he stopped his opponent in a fifth of the six-rounder. Campbell looked a foot taller than his squat opponent, especially with his lead right hand wafting high above his head.

Campbell said: “That was exactly what I needed. He needed to be a welterweight to take those shots.

“My No 1 fight is against Mendy, unfinished business with big stakes now. I need to clean my record.”

Campbell – who lost to pound-for-pound superstar Jorge Linares in September on a split decision – now wants Mendy, with plenty on the line.

The winner of the final eliminator will become mandatory for the coveted WBC belt which is currently held by pound-for-pound American master Mikey Garcia.

But the free-spirited superstar has not even defended his crown for 15 months meaning Campbell could even fight for that strap next if Garcia is stripped.

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn said: “It’s a final eliminator for Mikey Garcia, but we don’t know what he’s doing.

“Campbell vs Mendy could be for the full title.”

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