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CAMPBELL – LOMACHENKO TO FIGHT AT THE 02?

By Kenny Leavett – Vasyl Lomachenko admits he could be willing to make his UK debut against Luke Campbell following his knockout win over Anthony Crolla.

The Ukrainian star produced an explosive fourth-round stoppage of the Brit back in April to defend his WBA and WBO lightweight belts and has voiced his desire to become the undisputed champion in the division.

Campbell could be a potential opponent for Lomachenko with the 02 arena being a likely venue for the fight as the 31-year-old from Hull has earned a mandatory shot at the WBC title.

Lomachenko speaking to the media has been quoted as saying: “Maybe it will be Luke Campbell, maybe we can organise a fight in the UK.

“I come to the UK, unify titles, so we’ll see.

“It will be very historical, a big fight.”

The contest would see two Olympic gold medal winners facing one another as Campbell won gold at bantamweight in 2012, while Lomachenko claimed the featherweight title in 2008 and lightweight in 2012.

Lomachenko built up a phenomenal amateur record of 396 wins and one loss before turning professional into the paid ranks and lost a world-title shot in just his second bout.

The 31-year-old Ukrainian became the fastest three-weight world champion in history when he dispatched of Jorge Linares in May 2018.

In all, Lomachenko has held world titles at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight, and holds a record of 13 wins and one defeat.

Campbell has fought for a world title once before but lost a close split-points decision to Linares in 2017, Campbell’s record now reads 22 wins and two defeats, including three wins since his defeat to the experienced Venezuelan.

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