Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell Review
Vasiliy Lomachenko is now one title away from being called the undisputed champion.
Traveling to the United Kingdom, Lomachenko's jab work and timely body shots earned him a wide unanimous decision victory over Luke Campbell to win the WBC lightweight title. Lomachenko won the fight by unanimous decision (119-108, 119-108, 118-109), retaining his WBA and WBO titles in the process.
After a slow start in the first round for Lomachenko, he started landing single and double jabs that snapped Campbell's head back in various rounds. Campbell was able to hold off Lomachenko's rhythm for most of the first half of the fight, but Lomachenko was able to hurt Campbell with a short left hand in the fifth round. Campbell was able to bounce back and show no signs of being hurt for the next couple of rounds.
The British challenger managed to stun Lomachenko in the seventh round, but just a minute later, Lomachenko hurt Campbell with a flurry of punches that sent him to the ropes. For the remainder of the fight, Lomachenko would continue winning exchanges and eventually dropped him in the 11th round. Campbell managed to recover but was tagged by Lomachenko with various body shots for the remainder of the fight.
There is only one title remaining for Lomachenko to become the undisputed lightweight champion and that is the IBF belt currently being held by Richard Commey. The 32-year-old Commey is headed for a title defense against mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez before the year is over. But before that happens, Lomachenko will figure who his mandatory challenger for the WBC champion in September. On September 13, Devin Haney and Zaur Abdullaev will fight in a WBC lightweight title eliminator at Madison Square Garden with the fight being streamed on DAZN.
The other world title fight on the undercard saw Charlie Edwards retain the WBC flyweight title after a no contest against Julio Cesar Martinez. After scoring a number of wicked combinations to knock him, Martinez was initially ruled the winner and the new WBC champion in the third round. But that was until the WBC stepped and overruled the original fight result.
The fight result was overturned and ruled a no contest after it was revealed on instant replay that Martinez landed a hard body shot when Edwards’ knee was already touching the canvas. Normally, the British Boxing Board of Control does not have instant replay, but because it was a WBC-sanctioned title fight, the WBC made the decision to overrule the result after looking at replays of the incident. With the bout being called a no contest, Edwards would remain the WBC champion.
As for what is next for both men, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said after the decision to change the result was made that a rematch will happen between the two. Edwards said he would give his opponent a rematch while a frustrated Martinez said he wanted a rematch and to be the A-side as he feels he is the rightful champion.
Martinez had dominated the fight, landing several combinations and not allowing Edwards to do more than throw single shots at times. Martinez threw a furious combination in the third round to hurt Edwards and when Edwards was already touching the canvas, Martinez landed the punch that would end the fight but not win it.
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