Campbell Hatton’s (1-0) second pro bout has come around quickly, just five weeks after his pro debut.
The 20-year-old Manchester City fan, trained by his uncle Matthew, defeated Spaniard Jesus Ruiz (0-11) on March 27 on points and now faces British journeyman Levi Dunn (0-4) in his next fight on the blockbuster Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker Sky Sports Box Office event on May 1.
Fledgling pro Campbell has been boxing properly since the age of 14 and won a National Novice title and two North West titles. After struggling to get suitable amateur boxing matches, he turned pro in December last year and is already heading into his second paid contest.
BBN decided to dig up some interesting info on his second opponent, Levi Dunn:
Despite living his entire life in Prestwich, Bury, Levi was actually born in Camden, London, where he lived in Primrose Hill until he was two-years-old, then moved to Manchester aged four, where his dad was originally from.
He attended Parrenthorn High School in Whitefield, Manchester, but the unruly student got kicked out in Year 10 for constantly fighting, he said: "I always used to fight peple from the older years, I never started the fights but always got caught up in it". He moved to Castlebrook High School in Unsworth (now called Unsworth Academy) and got an A in GCSE Maths without even revising for it.
Dunn started boxing late at 17, for fitness at first, weighing over 13stone at the time, and experienced only seven white collar/unlicensed fights before turning over professionally.
He is managed by Curtis Gargano, a former journeyman who retired in 2018 after 52 contests.
He once got his amateur license for Radcliffe ABC, and secured a fight at 60kg, but his coach pulled him out days before so Levi quit boxing for two years because it knocked his confidence knowing that someone didn't have belief in him.
He has taken part in one bare knuckle boxing fight, which ended as a draw. That was when he first met his trainer/manager Curtis Gargano.
Levi messaged Curtis on Facebook who called him and asked, "Do you have kids? Do you live at home? Do you work?", to which Levi answered 'No' to all, and he said "I'll pick you up tomorrow morning to go to the gym," and the rest is history!
He is a firm believer in the benefits of cold water therapy and can often be found dipping into the freezing cold local lakes, and has even recruited a therapist [Kevin O'Neill] specialising in breathing techniques.
His strength and conditioning coach is Ray Rowlinson.
He is a big fan of David Goggins, a former Navy SEAL and world class ultra athlete. He once held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups, completing 4,030 in 17 hours. Levi is a fond listener of his many public speeches.
Levi spars regularly with Stephen Jackson (1-0, 1KO) and Michael Gomez Jr. (12-1, 3KOs), son of former British champion Michael 'Predator' Gomez. He also gets rounds in with fellow journeyman Mikey Horabin (2-19). Always pushing himself, he likes to travel for sparring and visited the Steel City Boxing Gym recently to spar with brothers Charlie and Sunny Edwards.
His dad now lives in San Diego and Levi once flew to California to spar at Freddie Roach's Wildcard Gym in LA. He sparred an experienced Mexican amateur with Freddie Roach watching on and remembers catching his opponent with a sweet check left hook.
He describes his style as very unorthodox and counts Roy Jones, Prince Naseem, Pernell Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather as his boxing idols. He likes to be considered as a defensive fighter and a slick mover.
The football enthusiast is a Manchester United FC fan, making his fight with Campbell a United vs City rivalry. He used to play for the United Academy aged six to eight, then went to Blackburn's Academy from eight to 10, but stopped playing seriously during high school.
As a teenager, he suffered with his mental health but attributes boxing for helping to ease his issues. Sitting around with no plans and not doing much caused depression to creep in, but Levi says, "The more I box, the more I improve; the more it goes away."
Levi loves dogs and is the owner of two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, named Mylo and Moscow. When he has his own house and more money, he plans to get more dogs.
Ahead of fight nights, he likes to go for a quick two-mile sprint to get his heart-rate going rather than sitting around in the hotel waiting for fight night.
Levi didn't know what a journeyman was until he turned pro and describes himself as a 'prospect on the road'. He believes that he will continue to improve in his fights to win titles in the future.
He was floored in his last fight against Umar Khan, but it looked more like a slip as his front foot gave way from underneath him. Despite the 10-8 round, he only lost 39-36 due to his busy style.
He was working on his birthday on April 10, one week after the Umar Khan fight, and was on his third piece of birthday cake when his manager Curtis rung to say he had got him the Campbell Hatton fight in two weeks time. Initially, Levi said he wasn't ready, despite Curtis eagerly saying it's against Campbell Hatton on Sky Sports Box Office, but he still declined. The next morning when he woke up, he couldn't believe he had turned it down, so immediately called Curtis back to accept!
When he was getting his haircut from the official barber for Matchroom, ready for his fight with Hatton, headliner and former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker walked in.
Fighting live on Sky Sports Box Office on May 1, Levi modestly hopped on the 59 bus from Middleton Road to the Crowne Plaza hotel ready for the biggest fight of his career!
From: Prestwich, Lancashire
BoxRec Profile: https://boxrec.com/en/proboxer/956356
Watch Dunn's last fight with Umar Khan: