Hearn: Campbell is Loma’s Toughest Test
Vasyl Lomachenko has had quite a successful career through 14 fights thus far, but Eddie Hearn, promoter for Lomachenko’s August 31 opponent, Luke Campbell, feels Campbell will provide him with a test unlike he’s ever seen.
During the bout’s introductory press conference earlier this week, Hearn (via Boxing Scene) said Campbell will be a tough task for Lomachenko. The two are both former Olympic gold medalists — with both men claiming a gold medal at the 2012 London Games — and have faced off with one another in international tournaments as amateurs.
“You know boxing. Of course, your father knows boxing. You recognize the test and the challenge of Luke Campbell in this fight,” Hearn told Lomachenko at the press conference. “You’ve took part in many tournaments together. I see this as the toughest fight of your career so far — but a big challenge for you, in London, against a British fighter.”
The sole loss on Lomachenko’s record came in his second pro fight, where he dropped a split decision to Orlando Salido in a March 2014 WBO featherweight title fight. Lomachenko won the vacant title in his next outing, a majority decision win over Gary Russell Jr. (Salido did not win the title because he failed to make weight).
After four defenses, Lomachenko moved up to junior lightweight and knocked out Roman Martinez in 2016 to win the WBO title. After four straight successful defenses via corner retirement, Lomachenko moved up in weight class once more and stopped Jorge Linares in May 2018 to win the WBA (Super) Lightweight Championship. Lomachenko added to his mantle in December 2018 by claiming the WBO Lightweight Title with a win over Jose Pedraza.
Lomachenko most recently competed in April, knocking out Anthony Crolla.
Campbell has just two losses in his 22 fights thus far — a split-decision loss to Yvan Mendy in December 2015 and a split-decision loss to Jorge Linares in September 2017, which was Linares’ second-to-last successful defense of the WBA 135-pound title before dropping it to Lomachenko.
Campbell is currently on a three-fight win streak, most recently stopping Adrian Young in March.
“He is tall, he has a big reach [advantage] and he is a smart boxer,” Lomachenko said of his opponent.
And, of course, he has a high boxing IQ. Because he has a very big amateur experience. Maybe it will be, for me, a big challenge.”