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Luke Campbell not looking past Jairo Lopez

Luke Campbell has big goals for 2017, and doesn’t want to slip up on Saturday.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With his sights set on a possible world title fight by the end of 2017, Luke Campbell isn’t going to allow himself to look past Jairo Lopez, his unheralded opponent in Hull this coming Saturday on Sky Sports:

"Lopez is a tough, strong Mexican who can punch, can box and fight. It's been ages since I boxed back in Hull, so I am excited to be back putting on another good show. For me it's that next stepping stone now. Everything depends on my performance and the plan is this year to hopefully fight for a world title.”

Campbell (15-1, 12 KO) had a slip against Yvan Mendy back in December 2015, and knows he’s not invincible. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist has rebounded very nicely, clearly learning from the experience, with three straight impressive wins over veterans Gary Sykes, Argenis Mendez, and Derry Mathews.

Lopez (21-6, 14 KO) has won three straight after losing three in a row in 2015-16. This will be his first fight outside of Mexico.

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