The current p4p debate in boxing is one that never seems to receive unilateral agreement. Whether it be Crawford or Canelo, Spence or this guy right here. The current WBO lightweight and WBA Super lightweight Champion, Vasyl Lomachenko. Loma is always there or thereabout’s in terms of ranking. For the most part, all that sets most of these fighters apart is who you are asking and what side of the bed they got out of that morning.
Leaving all that aside for a moment, we can focus on Lomachenko’s next fight. As he looks to defend his belts. Along with the winner taking home the currently vacant WBC World lightweight title. The opponent this time around is Luke Campbell, Cool Hand Luke to his fans. A tall rangy Brit who hails from Hull in the north of England.
A fellow Olympian, Campbell brings a strong record in both the amateur and professional ranks. As he looks to be the one to unseat the Wiley Ukranian, who has lost once in his relatively short, yet eventful, professional career.
On the surface, Campbell doesn’t appear to be in any way fazed by the huge task ahead of him in beating the smaller man. While physically towering over the Champion, it’s not the size difference which is expected to tip the scales this time around. Lomachenko brings a frightening pedigree from amateur boxing. With an aura, unique style and work rate that has forced some of the very best to quit mid-challenge.
LOMA World Titles
After stumbling at the last hurdle in his quest for a World title, losing to Jorge Linares in 2017. Campbell now gets another opportunity to take home yet more gold to add to his 2012 Gold haul in the London Olympic games. And as luck would have it, it is back on home turf in that very same city at London’s 02 arena. Where the Brit is hoping yet more good fortune will shine down upon him with a performance for the ages against the hot favourite.
It’s a challenge in which not too many give the Yorkshire man a high probability of overcoming. As when he steps in the ring on August the 31st, he will be stepping in against one of the very best to ever do it in the form of High Tech Lomachenko.
While only having some 14 fights as a professional. Loma is viewed as one of the most prolific amateur boxers in the history of the sport with an accumulation of some 397 fights, one of which being a loss he avenged. Bringing a rich and extensive history into the ring which has rarely if ever been seen.
Cool heads Cool hands
It was for this reason that the Olympian was able to enter the pro ranks. And in only his second fight, challenge for a world title against Orlando Solido. A bout in which for many had the chips stacked heavily against the Ukranian Lomachenko. As Salido not only missed weight but entered the match on fight night, rehydrated by an additional twenty pounds.
It was a blight on an all but perfect career, which has seen the man from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi. Win accolades from throughout the boxing and sports community. As Loma has twisted and turned, even pirouetted? His way to dominance across multiple weight divisions. He will now look to continue that same vein of form against the game challenger that is Luke Campbell.
Can Campbell prove the doubters wrong and do what the 410 before him could not? On home soil with the wind at his back and a cool hands doing his bidding. Will this be his time to shine and cement this legacy as that guy.
As the old adage goes, you should never bring a knife to a gunfight. Campbell needs to be locked, loaded and ready for war.
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