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Campbell: I’ll fight like a champion!

By Flattop

Former lightweight champion Nate Campbell is disappointed that he lost his titles “on the scale” when he could not make the 135 pound weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in but he still wants to win his showdown with Ali Funeka like a champion. “I fought so hard (to lose the weight),” said Campbell to FightNews. “I rather lose my titles in the ring. Now I have to look really good tonight. I will fight like I am still defending my titles. I will fight like a champion!” Campbell originally weighed 138 pounds at yesterday’s weigh-in which is three pounds over the limit of the lightweight division. Campbell was allowed two hours to shed the excess poundage but he only dropped half a pound after sitting in the sauna. “I hit a wall and I couldn’t lose anymore weight,” said Campbell. “I feel fine and I am glad the fight is going forward.”

After tonight, Campbell will compete in the junior welterweight division. “We knew this was coming but just not right now,” said Terry Trekas, the long time advisor and co-promoter of Campbell. “We were hoping to fight the winner of (Marco Antonio) Barrera-(Amir) Kahn or the (Juan Manuel) Marquez-(Juan) Diaz but now we are looking at 140 pound.” Trekas explained. “Nate rather go out on his shield but he is ready for tonight and he is ready to move up!” Campbell – the former IBF, WBA and WBO champion – is looking forward to the junior welterweight division. “I am ready to move up. I will win my titles back at 140!”

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