Sheffield fighter can tarnish gold medal hero

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Fourteen months ago, Lee Connelly was sat cheering on his settee and punching the air as Luke Campbell stormed to Olympic victory.

On Saturday, the Sheffield lightweight has the task of tarnishing the same golden boy’s career.

Westfield's Lee Connelly

Westfield's Lee Connelly

Connelly is huge underdog going in for Campbell’s third professional fight.

The Hull medallist has won his first two pro fights with first round KOs - but Connelly, from Westfield, says he can cause an international upset.

“I know what position I am in and know how good Luke is. But I know what I am capable of, so that’s all that matters to me” he said on video at thestar.co.uk

“I am not going to let any outside opinions influence what happens inside the ring. I have got all the respect for Luke for what he has done but once I’m in the ring there will be no respect for him.”

He said the public expectations of defeat on ‘away territory’ would serve only to motivate him more.

Connelly is a better fighter than his (W2 L5) record suggests. “It only takes to win one fight like this on this sort of stage to flip your career around” he says. The 26-year-old, a car mechanic in Unstone, near Dronfield trains at S18 gym.

He has been sparring there with Sheffield southpaw Jamie Sampson: “I lost to him (in May) I went in with wrong game plan so I thought the best preparation for this fight is the kid who I struggled most against. “He is similar to Luke, and he’s the best I’ve sparred, he is so hard to hit and so technical” said Connelly/

Sky viewers can watch the fight from Hull Arena.