Vasyl Lomachenko will be heading to the UK to step into the ring with Luke Campbell for three separate world lightweight titles on August 31 2019 at the 02 Arena in London, today we’re taking a look at these two incredible contenders.
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Lomachenko, commonly known as Loma, already holds the WBA and WBO belts and will seek to add the WBC crown to his collection when he takes on the British mandatory challenger in his home territory.
The 31-year old Ukrainian famously fought in the UK when he won his second Olympic gold medal in 2012, the exact same year that Campbell coincidentally won his gold medal in a separate weight class.
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In his short pro career, Lomachenko has claimed world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and is now seeking to collect all four major belts and become undisputed king at lightweight.
“This is a fight for history because my goal is to unify all of the belts in the lightweight division,” Lomachenko said. “Luke Campbell is the next challenge for me on that journey. He is an excellent fighter who I remember well from the 2012 Olympics. He has a difficult style, and I cannot afford to overlook him.”
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Luke Campbell on the other hand became the WBC mandatory challenger when he exacted his revenge over Yvan Mendy at Wembley in 2017. The British gold medalist was superb in his first World title clash and was only slightly edged by then WBA and WBC Diamond king Jorge Linares in in the same year.
Campbell added: “The best fighting the best, this is going to make one hell of a fight. I am in this sport to be the best and I am this sport to become a world champion. This is what I train and work so hard for, to become a world champion and fulfill my potential."
“He is ranked number one pound-for-pound on the planet so for me to fight a guy like that only encourages me more to be the best that I can be and it is exactly the level that I want to be at. I’m well aware of how good he is and what he is capable of doing but I’m also well aware of what I can do and what I’m going to do."
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We think Loma has to be regarded as the best fighter in this bout, but Campbell could surprise us. We currently have Campbell at 7.33 to win so if you’re looking to place a bet on an exciting boxing underdog, make sure you head to Betway to bet on the fight.
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