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Boxing for Roy Richardson’s Boxing Academy, he looked a chip off the old block in the final, outjabbing the taller Steve McDonagh (Fairburn) and keeping him on the back foot with his terrier-like aggression.

Boxing Social watched a lot of bouts on Sunday afternoon and the stand-out performances came from Merridale welterweight Conah Walker and Hatton.

“I’m very proud,” said Ricky afterwards. “I see a lot of myself in him. The boxing ability is there, but he doesn’t always use it. The jab was working against a taller opponent, but he wanted to fight. He has that fire in him.

“Campbell wanted to box. It was his idea. Truth be told, I would prefer it if he didn’t. But he knuckles down, trains hard and he’s doing well at college, which is the most important thing.”

Campbell started boxing at 13 at Hyde and District ABC, lost his first two and drifted away. He reappeared at Joe Pennington’s Northside ABC around 18 months ago looking like “a big fat blob,” according to the coach.

Hatton got the weight off, started winning fights and because of its location, he switched to Roy Richardson’s Boxing Academy at the start of the current season.

Pennington describes Campbell as “ferocious” and added: “He sparred bigger kids at my gym and always got stuck in.

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