Vasiliy Lomachenko is heading to London for an attempt at a third lightweight world title.
Regarded as one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters, Lomachenko will have an opportunity to add the WBC title to his growing collection of belts at 135 pounds when he faces Luke Campbell on August 31. The fight will take place at The O2 Arena in London with the fight being streamed live on ESPN+ in the United States and on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom.
Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, moved up in weight from super featherweight last year to knock out Jorge Linares and win the WBA title, followed by a win over Jose Pedraza to add the WBO belt last December. Lomachenko, a three-division champion, is coming off a fourth-round win over Anthony Crolla back in April.
Campbell had been the mandatory challenger since September 2018 when he defeated Yvan Mendy in a title eliminator. Campbell once challenged for the WBA lightweight title in 2017, but lost a split decision to Linares in California. The 31-year-old Campbell has since then won three straight fights since losing to Linares with the most recent one taking place in March when Campbell stopped Adrian Yung in the fifth round.
The winner of the fight will aim for an eventual shot to become the undisputed champion in 2020. The IBF title is currently being held by Richard Commey but will more than likely face mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez, who won a title eliminator on July 19, next.