‘I like to have some time by myself to focus my mind and body’
English amateur boxer Luke Campbell began boxing back in his hometown of Hull, and just two years into his training he was selected to compete for England, securing his spot on the Team GB Boxing squad. With such an impressive start to his career it came as unsurprising news that in 2008 he became the first British boxer to win a gold medal in the European Championship since 1961! With such an intense training regime, we wondered how Luke finds the time to look so well groomed.
A star in the making Luke has not only be photographed by Peter Lindebergh for Vogue he is also competing for gold again the 2012 London Olympics! Here at The Grooming Guide we were lucky enough to catch up with Luke for an exclusive interview before the big competition! Feeling and looking good is important to this Team GB athlete – and we couldn’t agree more! Good luck Luke.
What does being well groomed mean to you, day to day? Does your look change from day to night?
I like to look and feel fresh, so keeping well groomed is a big part of my routine. As I have to train three times a day I spend most of the time in my training kit so by the end of the day I can’t wait to have a nice, hot shower.
So what’s in your training camp wash bag?
The classics – shower gel, a sponge, face scrub, aftershave, deodorant, hair wax, a razor and of course a toothbrush and toothpaste!
What was it like being photographed for Vogue?
It was great. I loved it. Peter Lindbergh was a really great guy and a big boxing fan so we got on very well. I really enjoyed the experience and to be featured in such a famous and prestigious magazine was brilliant. I have had some really good feedback on the shoot and have done another one recently with another well known photographer.
As a sportsman you obviously take care of your body, how do you do the same for your face?
I avoid washing my face with soap and opt instead for face scrubs and a little bit of moisturiser.
Your hands take a pounding, how do you protect them?
I wrap them really well in training and use soft pads to protect my knuckles. We then tape over them, so they do get protected. Sometimes after training I dip them in ice!
Which grooming products can you not live without and why?
It’s not the most glamorous, but I think I would have to say a toothbrush!
What is your favourite aftershave?
At the moment it would have to be Davidoff Champion.
Do you have a regular shaving routine?
I let it grow for a few days and then when it needs it, I tidy it up. I always shave before competing as you are not allowed to have stubble in amateur boxing.
Before a fight, how do you prepare yourself?
I have a cold shower before I leave. When I get to the venue I like to have some time to myself to get my mind and body focused. I will then do some pads with one of the coaches to get my body warmed-up, and then it’s time to go on.
How do you freshen up after a competition?
A long, hot shower. I stay in for a good 15-20 minutes.
Bath or shower: which do you prefer?
Shower for me.
Have you ever had a grooming disaster?
Not that I can think of!
Who are your all time style icons and why?
Steve McQueen. Cool and natural.
Where would you like to be in ten years time?
I don’t really think that far ahead. As long as I’m with all my loved ones and we are all fit and healthy, then I will be happy.
Interview: A Blake
Additional research: Sarah Powell & Ellen Tewkesbury
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4. Davidoff Champion Eau de Toilette £46 for 90ml bottle from Debenhams
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6. Steve McQueen