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Luke Campbell vs Vasiliy Lomachenko For The Vacant WBC Lightweight Title

Posted: 09-05-2019
Author: Andy Farr

Seeing as Eddie Hearn had signed up American prospect Devin Haney and was suggesting that Haney and Luke Campbell face one another for the vacant WBC Lightweight title, he more than anyone in boxing must have received the news that the WBC had ordered Campbell to face WBA and WBO title–holder Vasily Lomachenko like a slap in the face.

It does appear that Hearn has ruffled the feathers of WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman by jumping the gun and telling the press of his intentions to match Campbell and Haney. Sulaiman told Boxing Social's Rob Tebbutt "Hearn is the king of double standards" after being told that Hearn said he thought "The decision was ridiculous."

For what it's worth, I think it will be better for Haney to have a few more fights before facing the likes of Campbell who is boxing at the top of his abilities at present. Haney is a highly talented boxer but lacks the experience of fighting elite opposition like Jorge Linares who Campbell challenged for the WBA title in September 2017.

Vasiliy Lomachenko stops Anthony Crolla in the 4th round
Vasiliy Lomachenko stops Anthony Crolla in the 4th round of their April world title bout.

The likelihood is that the Lomachenko vs Campbell bout will take place in the UK where it should draw a large live gate as well as go out on PPV on Sky Sports Box Office. The Ukrainian P4P No1 is popular with British fans despite the beating he bestowed upon Manchester's Anthony Crolla in his last outing.

Hearn has stated that he believes strongly that Campbell can beat Lomachenko which is wonderful, but it is why Eddie isn't a trainer. As I have said, Campbell might be a step too soon for Haney at the moment but Lomachenko boxes on another level entirely to either of those guys.


When Mickey Garcia decided to move out of the 135lb division it showed what he thought of his own chances against Loma.

Being a Lightweight contender in the Lomachenko era is similar to being a rated heavyweight when Mike Tyson was in his prime, just ask Crolla.