It is very rare you come face to face with an Olympic gold medal winner – so getting to photograph one for Muscle & Fitness magazine was even more of an honour.

The shoot was with boxer Luke Campbell who made history when he won gold in the ring at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Campbell battled his way to glory on home soil to become the first British bantamweight for more than a century to win Olympic gold.

The 27-year-old continues to prove hot property in boxing with an 9-0 record since turning pro with top promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.

It has been great to see a fellow Hull native fighting live on Sky Sports but even better to get him in front of the camera.

The brief for Muscle & Fitness was to shoot some portraits of Campbell for a two-page Training Talk with the fitness magazine.

I set up some shots of Campbell ringside at the Vulcan Amateur Boxing Club which was an atmospheric venue.

I captured a few images of him putting his boxing wraps on and a few others with him gloved-up and in the fighting stance.

But the Olympian proved to be as flashy in front of the lens as he is in the ring and I got some great shots of him working the heavy bag and shadow boxing.

Muscle & Fitness decided to use more of the shots to create a bigger feature on Campbell who could well be fighting for a world title one day.

The piece, which featured in the British magazine’s December edition, had the headline “Golden Gloves” and had an interview about his training, diet and fight conditioning.

Campbell was a great guy and one day I hope I can shoot him again as world champ.

 

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