Vasiliy Lomchenko looking huge for Luke Campbell fight
By Charles Brun: Superstar Vasily Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) is looking heavily muscled going into his battle this Saturday against Luke Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs) on August 31 on Sky Box Office at the O2 Arena in London, England. Lomachenko, 5’7″, looks like a light welterweight now, and he’s going to be looking to dominate the stork-like Campbell on Saturday. The slick fighting Lomachenko will have a big advantage in talent and now size against Campbell.
Lomachenko and Campbell will be fighting for the vacant WBC lightweight title. The WBA/WBO 135-lb titles will be on the line as well. Those are belts that the 2-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko already possesses. He’s looking to capture a third title at lightweight, and Campbell is the lucky or some would say “unlucky” guy that will be facing him.
“This gives me the opportunity to show how good I really am against the #1 pound-for-pound,” said Campbell about his fight against Lomachenko next Saturday night.
Campbell already came up short in losses to Jorge Linares and Yvan Mendy. Although Campbell avenged his loss to Mendy, he didn’t look good. It was’t the type of performance where boxing fans changed their opinions about Campbell having no shot at beating Lomachenko.
Lomachenko in the same class as prime Roy Jones Jr. says Froch
“He’s one of the best fighters to ever grace the sport,” said former super middleweight champion Carl Froch about Lomachenko to Sky Sports. “He’s up there with a prime Roy Jones Jr. What a great fighter he was; speed, reflexes, timing. He could win a fight with one punch by using a jab, and his movement, Roy Jones in his prime. I think Lomachenko can do the same. He’s a really talented fighter for Luke Campbell [to be taking on]. Luke Campbell is a top amateur, and a gold medalist himself. So he’s got that amateur pedigree, and that sort of hit and don’t get hit reflex movement.
But we’ve seen Campbell get beat, and we’ve seen him get in trouble. We’ve seen him get caught. He’s improving. He’s getting better, but he’s at a time in his career where he needs to be taking these kinds of fights, but I don’t think it’s a fight that he can win. I like Luke Campbell from the amateurs. You’ll probably say, ‘Froch, you’re out of order,’ but I’ve got to be honest. I think he [Campbell] can’t win the fight. No disrespect to Luke Campbell. Nobody beats Lomachenko,” said Froch.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) August 25, 2019
In the Lomachenko vs. Campbell undercard, the 24-year-old Hughie Fury (23-2, 13 KOs) will be taking on former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) in a dangerous fight. WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (15-, 6 KOs) faces #1 challenger Julio Cesar Martinez (14-1, 11 KOs), and light heavyweight fringe contender/prospect Joshua Buatsi (11-0, 9 KOs) fights Ryan Ford (16-4, 11 KOs).