Campbell: Elite Fighters Lose, I’ll Beat Loma
Luke Campbell’s confidence isn’t slowing down heading into his lightweight title fight with Vasyl Lomachenko in two weeks.
Lomachenko’s dominance stretches back to his days at featherweight, but he has remained a strong force at 135 pounds. Lomachenko dethroned Jorge Linares in May 2018 to win the WBA (Super) lightweight title and won the WBO title with a decision over Jose Pedraza. Lomachenko retained both bouts in his last outing, a knockout of Anthony Crolla in May.
Both of Lomachenko’s titles, as well as the vacant WBC championship, will be on the line on August 31, and the two-time Olympic gold medalist enters the heavy favorite.
But none of that scares Campbell.
“I’m fighting the elite of the elite,” Campbell said. “They all get beat in the end, don’t they? Sooner or later. I believe I will beat him. I’m confident in the 19 years that I’ve put into this sport, always being disciplined. Timing is everything.”
This will be the second time Campbell, who enters on a three-fight win streak, has challenged for a world lightweight title. His first time came against Linares in September 2017, and despite a spirited effort, Campbell lost a close split decision. It was Linares’ last title defense before dropping it to Lomachenko.
“I’d seen Linares fight in the UK then, all of a sudden, I have to fight the champion in his backyard, in LA, at a time when he’s in his prime,” Campbell said. “At a time when he’s in the top 10 pound-for-pound list, but I had to go and fight on his show in his back garden. He had fought three times in the UK but I had to go to him.”
Lomachenko vs. Campbell takes place on August 31 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Original Story: BoxingScene