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Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell Preview and Prediction

Posted: 02-08-2019
Author: Andy Farr

 Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell
 WBA, WBO Lightweight Titles and vacant WBC Title
 Saturday 31st August 2019
 O2 Arena, London
 Matchroom Boxing
 Sky Sports Box Office, DAZN

In 1986 when Lloyd Honeyghan travelled to the USA to challenge Don Curry for the undisputed Welterweight championship of the world, he was given as much chance by the oddsmakers, as they are giving Luke Campbell in his quest to win 3 of the 4 available titles against the redoubtable Vasiliy Lomachenko. Honeyghan made boxing history that day, and Curry was never the same fighter again. So, sometimes the impossible does actually happen in our sport.

The achievements of the Ukrainian boxing P4P No1 may never be equalled again, he looks simply unbeatable at present. He boxes on a level I have never seen before even though I grew up in the Sugar Ray Leonard era.

In Luke Campbell, Lomachenko will come face to face with a fighter that truly believes he is going to win. Campbell was a brilliant amateur who won Olympic gold in London in 2012. He was clearly the best amateur Bantamweight in the world at that time. By the time he turned professional, Campbell had grown into the 135lb Lightweight division. At 5ft 9In, the native of Hull, Yorkshire has advantages over most of his opponents in height and reach, along with his highly tuned boxing skills, he has become a tough man to beat.

Lloyd Honeyghan stops P4P No1 Donald Curry in Atlantic City in 1986.
Lloyd Honeyghan beomes undisputed Welterweight champion with this stoppage of P4P No1 Donald Curry.

The 2 losses on Campbell's career record do not bode well for the prospect of him pulling off a huge against the odds upset. Campbell has had some hard to deal with personnel issues to deal with during his career but his 2015 loss to Frenchman Yvan Mendy shows that he can be beaten by this level of opponent. Campbell did comeback and outpoint Mendy in a WBC final eliminator in September 2018 but a performance like the first Mendy bout and he won't get past 4 rounds with Lomachenko.

The second career loss was to former 3-weight world champion Jorge Linares when Campbell challenged for the Venezuelan's WBA belt. The fight went to the scorecards and Linares retained the title on a split decision. This was perhaps the hardest fight Linares had faced during his Lightweight reign.

Lomachenko vs Campbell poster

Two fights after the Campbell fight, Linares defended his WBA strap against Lomachenko. Linares managed to drop the Ukrainian in the 6th round but the P4P No1 came back to stop Linares in the 10th round with a fabulous body shot. This was a tough fight for Lomachenko so can Campbell raise his came to this level? I think he can and he will.

Prediction: I think we will see Lomachenko in a competitive fight, one where he might have to dig deep, but ultimately, he will win by a unanimous decision.