Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell is just a few days away from his big moment, when he faces unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcia in Dallas, Texas.
The interim-WBC lightweight strap will be at stake in the contest.
Campbell left to the United States earlier, leaving his wife and kids alone during the Christmas holidays.
“I’m a professional boxer and this is a huge fight so I have to prepare like I would every other fight whether it’s Christmas or not,” Campbell told Hull Live.
“It’s a big sacrifice to be away from my boys and my wife and family, it’s the hardest thing about what I do, but I won’t be doing this forever. When the fight was rearranged for January 2nd I knew what I had to do and it’s time to take care of business and we’ll do all the celebrating together when I come home.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Campbell’s last fight took place in August of 2019, when he lost a competitive twelve round decision to Vasiliy Lomachenko in a WBC, WBO, WBA title clash.
Campbell is the underdog in the fight, despite his clear edge in experience in the amateur and pro ranks. He’s very motivated to get the new year going in style with an upset victory.
“It’s been a frustrating year with everything but I’ve had two fights planned that have been pulled which was frustrating,” added Campbell.
“What that means is I have been through two training camps this year already and now this one, so I’m in great shape and the fact I’ve not fought since 2019 is not a problem. I’ll be ready for him and I’m ready to start the new year in style.”