Lomachenko Thrives Under Pressure

Even with a hostile crowd and a taller opponent, nothing was going to stop Vasyl Lomachenko’s path to championship glory. The Ukrainian controlled his bout against Luke Campbell, beating him via unanimous decision (119-108, 119-108, 118-109).

Inside the O2 Arena in London, England, Lomachenko (14-1) took care of Campbell (20-3) to retain his WBA, WBO and The Ring Lightweight Titles, while also taking home the vacant WBC Title. As a result, “Loma” won his third lightweight belt in his 15th career fight, tying him for the fewest career fights to three belts in a single division.

Fans could see the size difference between the two in the first few rounds, with Campbell gaining the advantage. As the rounds continued, however, Lomachenko would utilize his jabs to control the pace of the bout. His right hand would be used multiple times to stun Campbell, who held onto his own throughout the fight.

By round five, Lomachenko started to close in, hitting snap jabs followed by short lefts. With eleven seconds left, Lomachenko missed a clear shot that could have potentially been a difference-maker.

Campbell managed to fight back in the sixth, resulting in a very competitive seventh round. The best round of the night, round seven was all about combination shots and hooks. Towards the end of the round, Lomachenko had Campbell against the ropes and just attacked him with shots. That continued in the later rounds as Lomachenko hit power shot after power shot to the face and gut of Campbell.

By round ten, Campbell managed to make a comeback, but it was all for naught. Lomachenko would continue to hit a flurry of shots for the next few rounds that were just too much for Campbell to avoid. A round-eleven knockdown by Lomachenko was the defining moment in this bout, one that many would say sealed the deal. An upset Campbell dropped Lomachenko with a wrestling move as the twelfth was about to close.

In the end, Lomachenko landed 211 of his 527 thrown punches while Campbell landed 131 of his 420.

What will Lomachenko end up doing next? There are various options for the champion, but one location is on his mind and Bob Arum’s mind.

“Obviously, we’re looking to win the fourth belt to unify the title. But Loma and {manager} Egis {Klimas} have told me they can’t wait to come back to the UK to fight here again,” Top Rank’s Arum stated. “The English fight fans are the best fans in the world.”

Looking to win more gold, Lomachenko is interested in waiting for the winner of Richard Comney and Teofimo Lopez. The former will be defending his IBF belt agianst Lopez later this year.

“Of course I’m happy. I want to say thank you to {everyone} who came to support us,” Lomachenko stated. “I want to thank everyone who organized this fight. And, of course, I’m happy. Next… {I want to fight for the} IBF {title}. That is my title.”

Main Card (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET) (Main Event – 5 p.m. ET)

Vasily Lomachenko def. Luke Campbell via unanimous decision (119-108, 119-108, 118-109) – WBA, WBO, The Ring and vacant WBC Lightweight Titles

Alexander Povetkin def. Hughie Fury via unanimous decision (117-111, 117-111, 117-111) – WBA International Heavyweight Title

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