Luke Campbell Wins Bantam Weight Boxing Gold After Beating Ireland's John Joe Nevin In London 2012 Olympics Final

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Luke 'Cool Hand' Campbell won gold in a thrilling final | PA

Battling boxer Luke Campbell earned Team GB another gold after a noisy Anglo-Irish tear-up at London 2012.

Campbell, 24, from Hull, overcame Ireland's John Joe Nevin who had to settle for silver in the 56kg bantamweight competition.

Home favourite Campbell was cheered on by a passionate local support - equally matched by followers of Irish traveller Nevin.

He told the BBC: "It was just about outwitting each other tonight. He (Nevin) is a very strong fighter, so I had to be aware.

"I had to be on my game to win and I was on my game tonight. I can’t believe it, I really can't. I’m very proud to be from Hull."

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Campbell's hand is lifted by the referee to confirm his victory

But it was the Union flags held highest after judges gave the decision 14-11 to Campbell to the delight of the majority of the 10,000 sell-out crowd at the ExCel arena.

Campbell raised his hands in triumph - then burst into tears as the crowd chanted "Campbell! Campbell!"