Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle to clash on August 1 in WBC eliminator
British Olympic champion Luke Campbell (11-0, 9 KOs) and countryman Tommy Coyle (21-2, 10 KOs) will clash on August 1 in their hometown of Hull at Craven Park Stadium in a WBC title eliminator.
The winner will move a step closer to a shot at the 135-pound title held by Venezuelan fighter Jorge Linares.
"The stage is set for the one of the biggest sporting events the city of Hull will ever see," said promoter Eddie Hearn.
"Two world-ranked lightweight contenders will battle it out in an official eliminator for the WBC world title – it's east versus west, a city divided with everything on the line."
The two Hull fighters have been on a collision course for more than a year as Hearn has placed them on the same cards to build their eventual showdown.
Campbell, 27, took gold at the 2012 London Games at bantamweight and has made easy work of all 11 of his professional opponents.
Coyle, 25, enters as underdog but has looked impressive in his last two outings in stopping former world champion Michael Katsidis in the second and Martin Gethin in the fifth.
Against common opponent Daniel Brizuela, Campbell was the more convincing victor, stopping the combative Argentinian in the fifth. But Coyle won admirers in perhaps his most remarkable performance when he hauled himself off the canvas no fewer than four times to stop Brizuela in the final round.
Coyle, a pro since 2009, said he thinks the fight is too soon for Campbell, a pro since only 2013.
"I think that this is the wrong fight for him at the wrong time. I'll be too much for him," said Coyle. "I think Luke is being chucked in at the deep end against me."
Campbell said he is ready for the kind of step up in competition that Coyle represents.
"People keep saying I need to step up. You don't get a better step up than a world title eliminator," he said. "My team sees me day in, day out, and I am making great progress. If that is the path that they have chosen, then that's the right path for me."
Also on the card, Britain's Brian Rose attempts to avenge a first-round knockout defeat when he fights American Carson Jones in a light middleweight rematch. Former world champion Ricky Burns and undefeated super-featherweight contender Martin Ward will also be in action against opponents to be determined.