P4P superstar Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his WBA (super) and WBO lightweight titles against Luke Campbell on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. The fight, which is also for the vacant WBC belt, can be viewed live on ESPN+ in the USA and on Sky Sports Box Office (PPV) in the UK.
Tale of the Tape – Lomachenko vs. Campbell
|Vasyl Lomachenko||Luke Campbell|
|Record||13-1-0 (10 KOs)||20-2-0 (13 KOs)|
Fight Breakdown – Lomachenko vs. Campbell
The Ukraine’s Vasyl (Vasiliy) Lomachenko is arguably the top fighter pound for pound in the world today. In just over a dozen fights, “Hi-Tech” has won world titles in three weight divisions, defeating the likes of Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, and Jorge Linares among others. In his most recent fight, the two-time Olympic gold medalist crushed Anthony Crolla in four rounds back in April.
Lomachenko is an athletic southpaw with lightning fast hands and superb technical skill. While he is not extremely heavy handed, he has lightning fast hands and throws sharp, accurate combinations. Defensively, Lomachenko rarely gets hit clean and his footwork usually does a good job of keeping his opponents off-balance and confused.
Luke Campbell became a big name in his home country after winning Olympic gold in 2012 at bantamweight. The Hull native compiled a record of 12-0 before suffering a setback loss to Yvan Mendy in 2015. “Cool Hand” would rattle off five straight victories and earn a title shot in 2017, when he challenged Jorge Linares for his WBA title. Campbell lost the fight by split decision, and has since gone 3-0.
Campbell is a defensive counterpuncher. The 31-year-old southpaw fights very well from the outside, where he picks apart his opponents and frustrates them with a good, active jab and great footwork. Campbell is not an explosive knockout artist, but he does have enough pop to hurt and finish opponents who make mistakes.
The key for Lomachenko in this fight is to keep his hands up, work his way inside with quick footwork, and let his hands go, especially to the body. For Campbell, he should keep his jab and 1-2 combination very active to force Lomachenko to think twice about waltzing into close range.
Prediction – Lomachenko vs. Campbell
I predict a unanimous decision victory for Vasyl Lomachenko. Luke Campbell is a solid opponent for “Hi-Tech”, but he is just not on the same level. While he fights great at a distance, he will most likely be outworked on the inside. I would also not be surprised if Lomachenko is able to stop Campbell, as the latter has been down and hurt multiple times in his career. Campbell has the size and boxing ability to win the fight, but he will have to be nearly flawless to do so.
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