This afternoon from London, streaming live on ESPN+, Vasiliy Lomachenko defends his two lightweight titles with a vacant third on the line against Luke Campbell.
Here’s a look at how the two match up:
All photos of the two together during fight week indicate that Campbell has more than just two inches of height, but y’all might be right, maybe Campbell is wearing Gene Simmons platforms or at least Chris Jericho lifts to appear taller. My gut feeling is more that Loma ain’t 5’7”, but whatever, Lomachenko has faced taller fighters before, it’s not going to be what undoes him.
Campbell is considered a good contender at 135, but Loma is The Man at 135, arguably The Man pound-for-pound in the entire sport. There’s a reason he’s the heavy favorite, and it comes down to skills. Even giving up significant height and reach, there’s a belief that his skills are just too good for anyone at 135 right now. It’s not disrespect of Campbell as much as it is a huge appreciation and respect for Lomachenko’s abilities.
We’ll also see Hughie Fury again attempt to join the list of the real contenders at heavyweight, as Tyson’s cousin looks to topple veteran Alexander Povetkin. Fury has come up short against Joseph Parker and Kubrat Pulev, and Povetkin is still believed to be about that same level, also like them his last name starts with P.
Povetkin has lost to taller guys in the past in Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua, but they brought significant power to the table. Povetkin did his best for 12 entire rounds to stink the joint out to unheard-of levels against Klitschko, being ruled down four times but managing to go the distance in one of the ugliest fights you’ll see. Against Joshua, Povetkin did OK before getting drilled in the seventh.
Fury has never shown an eraser like Klitschko and Joshua have, though, and that could be his downfall and what prevents him from ever being a true top heavyweight. Povetkin is the slight favorite on the books, and obviously the more respected contender on paper at this point in their careers, but he’s also 15 years older than Fury and could just well lose it in any given fight from here on, too.
The card will also feature a really good flyweight title fight, as Charlie Edwards defends the WBC title against upstart challenger Julio Cesar Martinez.
Edwards failed in his first world title bid back in 2016, stopped in the 10th round by John Riel Casimero. But Edwards didn’t let the loss truly beat him, accepting that he went into that fight before he was truly ready, and coming back to go on a really good run, beating Cristofer Rosales last December for the WBC title, and defending successfully in March against Angelo Moreno.
Martinez lost his pro debut in 2015 and has won 14 straight, and shot up the ladder in March with a stoppage upset win over Andrew Selby in Mexico. Now he’s got his shot to take the belt back home. He can crack, as Selby learned.