After a clinical and brutal performance from Vasyl Lomachenko last weekend against Anthony Crolla, there are rumours of a chance of another Brit stepping into the squared circle to fight arguably the pound-for-pound best in the world right now.
Luke Campbell has certainly earned the right to be talked of in the same breath as Lomachenko, Garcia and the like. His narrow defeat to Jorge Linares proved not only does he have the technical ability, but a lot of heart too.
Lomachenko seems unbeatable right now and I’m not sure we have ever seen a more complete fighter in boxing history. His ‘in and out’ footwork coupled with his ferocious hand speed and the angles he creates for himself to throw his shots make him already one of the greatest of his generation. An in shape, determined and dedicated Anthony Crolla lasted just 4 rounds with the WBA and WBO Lightweight Champion, with some pundits and journalists suggesting that Joe Gallagher should’ve pulled Crolla out after a brutal 3rd round in which the referee seemed to stop the fight, causing celebrations and confusion in the opposite corner. I personally think the referee got the decision spot on, allowing Crolla another round after being held up by the ropes in round 3. This is the same referee who allowed Tyson Fury the opportunity to get up after that infamous knockout blow from Deontay Wilder in December. A fight that could’ve all been so different if the referee had been too cautious.
Back to Campbell though, who’s last outing was on the Tevin Farmer vs. Jono Carroll undercard in Philadelphia against Adrian Young where he inflicted Young’s first career stoppage in just five rounds. The Hull born former Olympian would almost certainly relish the opportunity to test himself against ‘The Matrix’ in the US or UK. Campbell has been left frustrated after a world title shot against Mikey Garcia, the current WBC Lightweight Champion, has failed to materialise in recent months. Lomachenko last fought in the UK back in 2008 where he won gold at the European Championships in Liverpool and he would certainly be welcomed back with open arms by the fanatical boxing public in the UK.
Does Campbell stand a chance against Lomachenko? Let us know your thoughts below.
One final note, whatever Anthony Crolla decides to do after that brutal 4 rounds with Vasyl Lomachenko, it has been a pleasure to watch and support him throughout his career and he should be respected and held in high regard for what he has achieved in his career.