By Scott Gilfoid: In a horribly one-sided fight, #15 WBC lightweight fringe contender Luke Campbell (12-0, 10 KOs) stayed unbeaten in defeated #7 IBF, #14 WBC Tommy Coyle (21-3, 10 KOs) by a 10th round stoppage on Saturday night at the Craven Park Stadium, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Campbell was really bellyaching to the referee about being roughed up by Coyle.
It looked really bad to see Campbell complaining to the referee. It made him look like a privileged fighter looking to get help from the referee. I’m not sure what Campbell was expecting the referee to do. Did he want him to make it more like an amateur fight? Campbell needs to realize that is the pros. He can’t be crying to the referee each time one of his opponents roughs him up. What was interesting is that Campbell was nailing Coyle with rabbit punches in some of the clinches. Rabbit shots aren’t legal, but Coyle didn’t complain to the referee like Campbell was doing. He kept a stiff upper lip and took the illegal rabbit shots from Campbell without stopping the action to make a major production about it.