Thursday 23rd November 2017,
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Nate Campbell’s long layoff

Nate Campbell looses his WBA, IBF and WBO belts due to weighty problems. He went to the weigh-in 3 pounds overweight like a rendezvous from his supposed championship fight against Joan Guzman. After a very long lay off Nate’s inactivity cause him his belts. At age 36 turning 37 this March 7, Nate’s body could no longer fit in the 135 pound weight limit. Last September Joan Guzman who is moving up in weight challenged Nate Campbell who in return was three pounds overweight had to loose weight but instead had a trip to the hospital for over fatigue and dehydration. Nate Campbell retained his crown and had a whole year rest. But unlike the Guzman incident this time Campbell had the fight went on as scheduled against African Ali Funeka.
Dehydrated and exhausted Campbell managed to escape a split decision win against a charging Funeka.
Campbell who out hustled and out muscled Juan Diaz to claim his three belts went empty handed but at least went home with a win. Nate is almost close in unifying the lightweight division urging the winner of the Diaz-Pacquiao match into a square off but unfortunately Manny Pacquiao move up in weight staging a dream match up against Delahoya. Nate is consider to be a low rewarding, high risking matchup with any of the lightweight champions and after losing by default Nate will try his luck in the 140lb. division a division where two of the best pound per pound kings Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao will face off.
Nate is back to square one and at his age he can’t afford to have another setback. I still believed he has the power and agility to still fight. He has good handspeed and nifty footwork. He could challenge Miguel Cotto or the winner between Hatton and Pacquiao but Nate is just unfortunate to have such skills because no marquee fighters would be fighting him. He has no belts to booster his claim for a shot with the big guns on his division and he is a high risk fighter. The bandwagon is pointing towards light welterweight division and the only meaningful fight that I could think of is a rematch with Juan Diaz. At least there is still drama towards that match and people are gearing to see the revenge factor but until now. Nate Campbell seems to be a name around the corner a good fighter but a bad opponent. Well I guess Nate will have another layoff till he retires… poor Nate.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]