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LOMACHENKO CROWNED WBC KING WITH DECISION WIN OVER CAMPBELL

WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) added the vacant WBC title to his ever expanding collection with the twelve round unanimous decision win over Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) in his maiden visit to UK shores at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.

In a contest between two Gold Medalists from the London 2012 games, the early rounds were contested closely. It wasn’t until the fifth that Lomachenko seemed to find his range / rhythm, able to land more frequently although it was Campbell that would make the first breakthrough, noticeably hurting the Pound 4 Pound king in the seventh.

The action only served to spur a wounded animal on further, punishing Campbell for the sheer thought of defeating the Ukrainian. Lomachenko upped the action from that point on, turning the screw with each passing round as the effects were taking their toll on the challenger, he may have also had thoughts fleeting of a stoppage / knockout win, eapecially after dropping Campbell in the eleventh whilst rocking him badly in the twelfth but Campbell to his credit would stay the course, finishing on his feet albeit widely behind on the scorecards by 119-108, 119-108, 118-109.

“Of course I’m happy,” said Lomachenko afterward. “I want to say thank you to {everyone} who came to support us. I want to thank everyone who organized this fight. And, of course, I’m happy. Next…IBF. That is my title…I want to fight {for the IBF title}, but it depends on Bob Arum.”

Campbell stated, “He just beat me so he’s very good. He’s a special fighter and we all knew he was a special fighter. This is boxing and we train to win. Obviously, I’m disappointed in myself for not getting the victory. Tonight was Lomachenko’s night, and my time will come.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum commented, “Obviously, we’re looking to win the fourth belt to unify the title. But Loma and Egis have told they can’t wait to come back to the UK to fight here again. The English fight fans are the best fans in the world. Luke Campbell didn’t disgrace himself. He fought a hell of fight. He’s a hell of a fighter. Big, big heart, and Luke will be back.”

“Loma is up there with Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao. He belongs with those fighters. Listen, it doesn’t matter. He will fight anyone at featherweight, super featherweight or lightweight. Only the best. He’s a special, special fighter.”

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