By Mark Elezaj(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s) showed us once again why he’s considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport of boxing last night, as he outpointed a tough Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds in London, unifying three lightweight titles.
Lomachenko is now only one title belt away from becoming the undisputed lightweight champion.
Campbell started off strong, working off of his jab while using his reach advantage to keep Lomchenko away. Both fighters remained calm for most of the first round until Campbell landed a straight left to the side of Lomachenko’s head with 13 seconds to go, getting Lomachenko’s attention and a roar from the crowd.
In the second round, Lomachenko established his jab, setting Campbell up to land a left hand of his own in the final seconds of the round.
In the third round, Lomachenko continued to push the action, stalking his opponent. He unleashed a hard straight left hand that snapped Campbells head back. Lomachenko continued to move forward, firing off several jabs to close the round.
Lomachenko continued to work off of his jab in the fourth, setting up combinations to the head and body, throwing hard shots that were snapping Campbell’s head back. Campbell would respond, working off of the ropes, returning punches of his own.
In the fifth, Lomachenko continued pushing the action, landing hard shots while backing his opponent up. Campbell was clearly hurt, unable to land anything to stop the aggressive onslaught by Lomachenko, who jumped on his man throwing powerful body shots as the end of the round sounded.
The action slowed down in the sixth round, both men found a way to work off of their jabs. Campbell, who seemed to have recovered from damage he received in the prior round, would land shots that kept Lomachenko away.
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The action picked up in the seventh round. Campbell landed a left hand that hurt Lomachenko. He began to attack the champion, working off of his jab while moving forward. Lomachenko stood his ground, landing a big right hand that hurt Campbell. He then began to land a series of hard body shots, causing Campbell to tie up Lomachenko, eventually being saved by the bell.
As the fight continued, both men would land significant punches, but it was Lomachenko who landed the bigger, harder shots. Campbell showed that he was a tough fighter and continued to go after Lomachenko, but Lomachenko’s defense followed by his offensive genius took over in the eleventh.
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He attacked Campbell and dropped him to a knee with a strong right hand to the body followed by a right to the head. Campbell was able to get back up to his feet, but he was visibly hurt. Lomachenko followed-up attacking Campbell, who was now in survival mode, with body shots and strong jabs.
Lomachenko continued to attack the body in the final round, looking to knock Campbell out. Campbell had no answers for the champion. He landed a low blow that caused a quick break in the action, but Lomachenko said he was fine, continued to attack, hurting Campbell to the head and body once again.
Unable to stop the onslaught, Campbell picked up Lomachenko and tossed him to the canvas with just over 40 seconds to go in the fight, but Lomachenko was unfazed and continued to attack Campbell until the final bell sounded.
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All three judges had Lomachenko winning the fight, scoring it 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109.
The Fighting Voice had the fight scored 118-109 for Lomachenko.
“He’s a special fighter,” Campbell told Sky Sports.
“I trained to win but it is hard to fight someone like that who adapts so well. He is a special fighter.
“With the support I have had here I can go on and achieve anything. My time will come.”
“Loma is up there with Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao. He belongs with those fighters,” said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
Lomachenko now needs to win the fourth title to become the undisputed champion. He is expected to get the title fight in the first part of 2020, when he would face the winner of a fight between Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez Jr., who will most likely face each other on Dec. 14 in New York.
“Maybe it’s a lucky place for me. I like it,” Lomachenko said of London.
“Of course, I’m happy. In U.K., fans are the best fans in the world. Thank you. I appreciate it. Of course, I want to fight (for the fourth belt). Of course, I want to fight with (Commey-Lopez winner). I want to fight with Teofimo Lopez, but I do not think he will win this fight (against Commey).”
According to CompuBox statistics, Lomachenko landed 211 of 527 punches and Campbell landed 131 of 420.
Shane McGuigan, Campbell’s trainer, also praised Lomachenko.
“It’s hard to prepare for him. Luke did himself proud tonight. He boxed a once-in-a-lifetime fighter,” McGuigan said.
~ The Fighting Voice ~