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Campbell v Peden for shot at champ Hernandez

By Paul Upham: IBF No.2 Nate "Galaxy Warrior" Campbell will face IBF No.7 Robbie "Bomber" Peden for the IBF junior lightweight mandatory contender position at the Pechanga Resort & Casino on May 14 on a Goossen-Tutor promotion. The fight will be shown on Fox Sports Net’s Sunday Night Fights and the winner guaranteed a shot at IBF champion Carlos Hernandez.

"It's done, it's signed and sealed," a pleased Peden, 22-2 (12), told SecondsOut. "It should be a great fight. It’s for the No.1 ranking and a win gets me a mandatory shot at the title straight after that."

The 30 year-old is coming off a seven round TKO win over Lamont Pearson last August and has been purposely sitting on the sidelines waiting for exactly this type of fight.

"That’s all I’ve wanted," he explained. "I don’t want fights that don’t mean anything. If a fight is not going to put me in the position where I want to go, it is not going to do anything for me. I’m always calling out the big boys. That’s the way I do it."

The 1996 Australian Olympian knows he is in for a tough fight, but is confident he has what it takes to win. 31 year-old Campbell, although winning a unanimous twelve round decision over Daniel Attah on January 9, did not look as good as he has in the past.

"I can’t fault him on that performance," said Peden, "because he might step up to the plate this fight. I have to be at my best. I have seen him fight and he is a good little boxer. His best fight was with Joel Casamayor. He had a good fight but I still think he lost the fight. He talks a lot in the papers and on the Internet, but come fight time, there is not much talking you can do. You have to fight. We’ll see. Come March 14 it is going to be one hell of a battle."

Campbell, 24-1-1 (21), who fights out of Jacksonville, Florida has always had good power as indicated by his knockout record, but Peden’s trainer Roger Bloodworth is not concerned. "Nate Campbell may punch hard, but so does Robbie," he said.

Peden will leave his home base in Houston for training camp in Florida, St.Petersburg on Monday.

"I’ve got a couple of sparring partners lined up including David Santos," he said. "I’m already in good condition and have plenty of time to peak March 14. I really want to take the world title back home to my family and friends in Australia. But first of all I have to beat Campbell."

January 29, 2004

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor

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