On August 21st at the O2 Arena in London, we will witness the showdown of Olympic Gold medallists Vasyl Lomachenko and Luke Campbell. For Campbell, he fights on home soil having been born in the UK but that is possibly as far as any advantages go.
Lomachenko has a huge following and will be making his debut in the capital, as well as England, following a lot of demand for his appearance in the country so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a split crowd arrive in London. Not only are the crowds split, but most boxing fans believe the pair are very well-matched although it is rumoured that Lomachenko will come out on top.
Let’s take a look at the pair ahead of their clash and in the meantime, check out the Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell betting odds and make your prediction.
Luke Campbell vs. Vasyl Lomachenko
As far as British boxers go, Luke Campbell is certainly up there with the best in his division. Not only has the boxer won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics but he is also ranked as the world’s second-best active lightweight by The Ring. Campbell turned professional in 2012 and since then has had an incredible run with a record of 20-2, with 16 KOs. He has also managed to claim a few titles including the WBC International lightweight, Commonwealth lightweight and the WBC silver lightweight titles, but at the end of the month he will challenge for the WBA, WBO, The Ring and current vacant WBC lightweight titles.
Looking closer at Luke Campbell, his stats are quite impressive. A southpaw with a reach of 180cm and height of 175cm has allowed him to produce an impressive KO rate of 88%. He now possibly faces one of the most difficult fights of his career, and even he regarded it as “The best fighting the best”. Lomachenko is ranked number one pound-for-pound so it will definitely require Campbell to step up on the night.
On the other side of the ring will be Ukrainian Lomachenko, who also turned pro in 2013, but his career has been phenomenal, most believe he is unstoppable. Currently, at 13-1, with 10 KOs, to date it’s been an impressive but short professional career. Lomachenko has not gone unnoticed and managed to drum up a lot of support around the globe. Every fight that Lomachenko has fought in has been for a title, with him never lost a title he has gained.
The one fight he did lose was his second professional fight for the vacant WBO featherweight title, but he then went on to win it in his third fight. Since then, he has won the WBO junior lightweight, WBA (Super), The Ring lightweight, WBO lightweight titles – his aim, is to bring all the titles in the division together under his name as he battles for the vacant WBC lightweight title. He will go into this next bout defending three of his titles, with the two battling for unification in an all-or-nothing fight.
With Lomachenko ranked number one active boxer pound-for-pound by ESPN, it is fair to say that this bout will be the fight of champions as one fighter will take all the glory, leaving the other with none. Make sure you’re watching history take place on August 31st, it will certainly be a night to remember, for everyone.