Due to the holiday weekend, we are a bit late with the post-fight recap for Lomachenko vs. Campbell. We hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend and are back in the proverbial “saddle” to finish out 2019!
Anyhow, this past Saturday we saw Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10KOs) win the vacant 135lb WBC title and capture his 3rd belt in the lightweight weight class as he had a competitive but very clear win over Luke Campbell (22-3, 16KOs).
At the start of the opening round it was the 5-inch reach advantage for Campbell that Loma had to adjust to. Luke Campbell used his reach effectively, keeping Loma at bay and forcing Loma to work his way into the inside. He even caught Loma with a looping right hand which seemed to get Loma’s attention early on.
Overall, it was a slow start for both fighters and a lot of close rounds but the majority went to Loma as he seemed to dictate the pace. He focused on the Campbell’s body while using an effective jab that constantly popped Campbell’s head back. Early on, we didn’t see as many angles from Loma as we’re accustomed to due to him facing a southpaw in Campell. In addition Campbell was the bigger fighter. It wasn’t until the fifth round that we saw Loma start to be his usual self when he caught Campbell on the inside with a flush check hook that knocked Campbell off balance and he followed up with 2 devastating body punches that looked to almost put Campbell down on the mat. Luckily, he was saved by the bell.
Although Campbell seemed to recover, Loma assumed control after that point. His jab was consistently in Campbell face even with him being the shorter fighter and he worked his way on the inside at some point in every round to let off an amazing body attack. In the eleventh round, with Loma continuing to go to the body of the bigger Campbell he was eventually able to catch Campbell with more devastating body punches followed by some powerful straight lefts to the head. It was too much for Campbell as he needed to take a knee for a small recovery.
Once again it was a clear victory for Loma. It was also clear that 135 pounds is Loma’s maximum weight, as he’s getting hit more at this weight. He immediately stated that he wants the winner of Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11KOs) vs. Richard Commey (29-2, 26KOs) next, (assuming that fight gets made) so he can become the undisputed lightweight champion. If successful at unifying all of the lightweight belts, then Loma would most likely move back down to 130 where he is more comfortable.