Vasiliy Lomachenko proved again why he’s considered one of the best if not the best fighters in the sport of boxing today, as he widely outpointed a game Luke Campbell over 12 rounds in London, unifying three lightweight titles.
Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO) retained the WBA and WBO titles, and added the vacant WBC belt to his collection with the victory, which came on scores of 118-109, 119-108, and 119-108. Bad Left Hook had the fight slightly closer, scoring it 117-110 on each of our two cards.
Campbell (20-3, 15 KO), a former Olympic gold medalist like Lomachenko, was game and skilled and a good fighter, all of which was expected coming in. But he was also just that bit outclassed by Lomachenko, which was also expected.
Campbell was hurt late in the fifth round and barely survived the frame, but held his own the next couple of rounds, including an exciting seventh where Campbell seemed to sting Lomachenko, who roared back and did his own damage.
Campbell was then hurt and dropped in the 11th round on an accumulation of shots, several to the body, but he got up and fought on. He was hurt again in the 12th round, but made the final bell.
Asked for his reaction to how good Lomachenko really is, Campbell replied, “He’s just beat me, so he’s very good. He’s a special fighter. We all knew he was a special fighter. But this is boxing and we train to win. I’m disappointed in myself. But it’s hard to follow through with someone like that who is so good in front of you.”
Campbell, 31, still believes he can win a world title, though he’s 0-2 in challenges thus far.
“I can go on and achieve anything. Tonight was Lomachenko’s night, and my time will come,” he said.
Trainer Shane McGuigan said he felt Campbell fought well, but like his fighter accepted the defeat.
“It’s hard to prepare for (Lomachenko),” McGuigan said. “I thought Luke did himself incredibly proud tonight. He boxed an amazing fight against a once in a lifetime fighter.”
Lomachenko, also 31, confirmed that his goal is still to unify all four belts at lightweight, for however long he’d be able to hold onto them. The only belt he doesn’t have is the IBF, currently held by Richard Commey, who is expected to face mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez in December.
Promoter Bob Arum said that Lomachenko will look for the fourth belt, and then aims to fight all the best opponents from 126 to 135, the three divisions in which he’s won world titles.
“We’re going to fight the best fighters at featherweight, the best fighters at super featherweight, and the best fighters at lightweight,” Arum said. “There are a lot of good fighters out there. He can make featherweight easily, he can make 130 pounds easily, and all of these guys will fight.”
For the fight, CompBox saw Lomachenko landing 211 of 527 (40%) total punches, compared to 131 of 420 (31%) for Campbell.