The fight between WBA and WBO Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10KOs) and Luke Campbell (20-2, 16KOs) for the WBC vacant title has been ordered by the WBC Board of Governors. This is very unusual and a bit controversial since Lomachenko is not ranked within the WBC, let alone ranked either #1 or #2. However, it’s still great news for boxing fans.
Lomachenko and his team filed a petition for the opportunity to fight for the title, which was vacated by Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30KOs). He recently went up 2 weight classes and challenged Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) and loss convincingly. It would have been difficult for him to make weight at 135lbs again so soon after the loss, so it is speculated that he will fight at 140lbs next.
However, this is not good news for Luke Campbell. He probably expected to fight a much easier opponent the WBC crown, but is now facing one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world. Luke’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is also not happy about the situation saying that he did not agree but has accepted the WBC’s decision and is planning to make the fight happen in the UK later this year.
Both boxers are former Olympic champions. Lomachenko won two Olympic Gold Medals (2008 & 2012), and compiled an official amateur record of 396-1. He has gone on to become a world champion in three different weight classes at the pro level. Campbell won a Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympic Games. He has challenged for a title before but fell short in a split decision loss to former lighweight champion Jorge Linares (45-5, 28 KOs). It should be noted that Lomachenko knocked out Linares in May of last year to win the WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight titles.
Mikey Garcia, who was named Champion Emeritus by the WBC, reserves his right to fight for the lightweight title. A tournament will be ordered to determine the mandatory challenger of the division. This tournament could last well into 2020 and feature fighters like Teofimo ‘El Brooklyn’ Lopez (13-0, 11KOs), who was mentioned, but has stated previously that 2019 would be his final year at the lightweight division as he plans on moving up in weight next year. Also included in the conversation is top contender Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney (21-0, 13KOs), who would fight WBC Silver Champion Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7KOs). Lopez would fight Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23KOs) and the winners of those fights would fight each other to determine the mandatory challenger. It’s a very interesting situation to say the least. I’m looking forward to it all.