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Luke Campbell: After I beat Vasiliy Lomachenko everyone will know my name

Campbell challenges the world titleholder this weekend.

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As lightweight contender Luke Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs) gets ready for his second shot at a world title this weekend, challenging pound-for-pound rated Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs), Campbell says he’s aware that he’s in a tough matchup but that he doesn’t want to be known for becoming a world champion by beating a nobody.

“I don’t want to be a world champion that no one gives a f--- about, and there are loads of them about. Everyone will know my name once I win this fight, mark my words.”

Campbell goes on to say that he believes his Olympic experience has prepared him for the pressure of the bright lights he’ll be under this weekend at London’s O2 Arena, and also believes he’s already proved he’s ready to compete at the world level.

“Fighting Linares, I showed that I belong at this level and that was with so much going wrong for me going into the ring [Campbell’s father died two weeks before the fight] and I still went in there and nearly won the fight,” Campbell told ESPN. “That was my mental strength that got me through it, and I thought I beat Linares by two clear rounds.”

Campbell would of course lose that fight on a narrow split decision, but didn’t let that loss discourage him. Since then Campbell has won three straight fights in pretty good fashion and is thrilled to be taking on the number one rated pound-for-pound fighter in the world, saying in order to be the best he must first beat the best, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.