All Universe Lightweight, Vasiliy Lomachenko, will be unifying the WBC, WBA, and WBO titles against Englishman Luke Campbell, 20-2, 16 KO, @O2 Arena, Greenwich, England this Saturday, August 31st. Takes a brave champ these days to go into the challenger’s back yard, and more especially he will be giving up size and reach to Campbell, but then again, that’s what Ring’s #1 P4Per expected when he moved to lightweight.
Loma was never a big fella, yet well compensated with sublime skills and reflexes never before witnessed at the level he employs them. His reputation has so quickly grown so that his new moniker is “No Mas Lomachenko,” in honor of making his baffled opponents quit in maddening frustration of being hit again and again with no defense possible save that of running from the little guy.
Campbell is currently Boxrec #5 and his only two losses have been by split decision again’t world class fighters, so on paper coupled with a great size advantage, he’s competitive. On the undercard, the 24 year old cousin and training partner of Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, 23-2, mans up to a top ten contender and former WBA champ, Alexander Povetkin, 34-2, 24 KO. Povetkin is coming off a hard KO loss against Anthony Joshua while Hughie Fury is coming off his best win ever, a knockout of former WBA champ Samuel Peter. Povetkin still retains a high boxrec ranking, #5, while Hughie is #22, so that differential represents the hurdle Hughie needs to overcome, yet Hughie entering his prime years, 24 to 40 years that the now aging Povetkin has to overcome along with his last knockout loss.
Last Chance Saloon Showdown?
If Povetkin wins, that may well create the grudge match against Tyson, grudge fights being the mother’s milk of boxing.
In the meantime, these are excellent viewing matches from a competitive standpoint, so sit back and enjoy boxing history being made.