There’s something special about when 2 Gold-Medalists square off in the ring, bringing forth the extra bag of tricks obtained throughout their extensive amateur experience and putting forth a showcase of multiple different skills that you typically don’t see in most generic match-ups, even at the top of the sport.
A winner of 2 Olympic Gold-Medals in 2008 & 2012 at 2 different weight classes (125 LBS, 132 LBS), Ring-Magazine P4P #1 & reigning RING/WBA/WBO Lightweight Champion of the World 👑♛🥇🥇🇺🇦Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko (13-1-0, 10KO) is no stranger in showing a wide display of skills, technique, and adaptation toward the different type of opponents he encounters, and these are the type of the fights that he gets up for.
He will fight 2012 Bantamweight Olympic-Gold winner & current #1 WBC challenger 🇬🇧🥇“Cool Hand” Luke Campbell (20-2-0, 16KO) on Saturday, August 31st with Lomachenko’s Titles on the line, and for the vacant WBC Lightweight strap.
A case could be made for these 2 being the premiere Lightweights in the world from an all-around perspective, and an interesting scrap is all but promised in their upcoming contest. Luke Campbell was originally slated in a position to get a shot against 🇺🇸Mikey Garcia who was the WBC Lightweight Champion at the time that Campbell earned his #1 contender status, however with Garcia vacating the belt to venture up, Campbell’s status remained in tact, however his opponent at the time was a mystery to him.
Typically in these situations you would see a #1 vs. #2 contender match for the Title vacancy, however Lomachenko (who has his eyes set on becoming the first Undisputed Lightweight World Champion since the late great Virginia boxing legend 🇺🇸🥇Pernell Whitaker achieved it back in 1991) & his crew put in a request to fight Campbell, and it was granted, further permissible to skip a step for the WBC to allow their top contender to fight the clear dominant Champion of the division.
Luke Campbell is coming off of a very sharp outing against journeyman Adrian Young, and reversed course by defeating Yvan Mendy by a wide margin in their re-match, rendering the memory of their first fight that Mendy won as a distant thought considering how much Campbell has improved since then.
Now Campbell will have a second shot at a World Title (and much more) after his failed, but very impressive attempt against former Lightweight Kingpin 🇻🇪Jorge Linares, giving Linares the toughest fight during his Championship reign. With Campbell being at the peak of his powers, with the size dimensions and the type of diverse skill-set he has, there is no better time for him to challenge himself against the best than at this present time.
Lomachenko’s previous fight was against former Lightweight Titlist Anthony Crolla, and Vasiliy showcased typical high level dominance, opening up the full range of his abilities for the first time since his shoulder injury suffered against Linares, fully committing on his right handed attacks with his hook, jab and uppercut, and landed perhaps the hardest punch of his professional career by landing a right hook to the left temple of Crolla in a blind spot and put him down for the count.
Lomachenko is venturing out for his 5th World Title, and in pursuit of a 3rd Title in his last 4 fights (Previously fighting Jorge Linares for the Ring & WBA Titles & facing 🇵🇷Jose Pedraza for the WBO Title) in this contest, and he has expressed respect for Campbell’s abilities in interviews, promising to come in top shape as he is normally accustomed to. This fight will be shown on ESPN+ & Sky Box, to take place at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London in the United Kingdom.