Loma-Campbell May Land In U.K. And ESPN/ESPN+

Luke Campbell may face the toughest test of his career this summer, as he and Vasyl Lomachenko will battle for the WBA and WBO lightweight title and the vacant WBC crown.

The fight was ordered by the WBC on Tuesday following a petition made by Lomachenko to the governing body in his quest to become an undisputed world champion.

Campbell earned his title shot as the mandatory challenger to then champion Mikey Garcia, by defeating Yvas Mendy in September 2018.

“I can’t say I agree with the WBC’s decision but Luke Campbell (versus) Loma(chenko) is on and likely for the (United Kingdom),” Campbell’s promoter, Eddie Hearn said on Tuesday. “Two Olympic champs and I believe Luke can do it!”

“In talking with Loma and Egis Klimas (Lomachenko’s manager), they always wanted to fight in the UK,” Bob Arum, Lomachenko’s promoter told Boxing Scene. “They had a great experience there when Loma’s good friend, (undefeated cruiserweight champion) Oleksandr Usyk fought Tony Bellew last year. Of course, it’s also where he won his second Gold medal (in the 2012 London Olympics, following his Gold medal win in the 2008 Beijing Olympic, where he was named the tournament’s top boxer).

“That’s the plan we have for the fight. Eddie is looking for an arena and we will determine what the TV will be in the UK.”.

“The one absolute must is that the fight will be shown in the U.S. on either ESPN or ESPN+,” Arum said in regards to Campbell being signed to Matchroom, who partnered with DAZN in 2018. “We’re fighting over there, maybe even in Campbell’s hometown (Hull, England) for all I know. But it will air on our platform, in the afternoon to make up for the time difference over there.”

 

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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