Vasyl Lomachenko defeats a valiant Luke Campbell in London to win third world title belt

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Vasyl Lomachenko added the WBC world lightweight title to his WBA and WBO straps after cruising to a points decision victory over Luke Campbell at the O2 Arena. 

Loma, making his professional debut in the UK, scored a knockdown and dominated most of the rounds en route to a 119-108 x2, 118-109 victory. 

Campbell began his journey into the unknown rather well, feinting, weaving in and out before landing a flush left hand before the end of the first round.

But Lomachenko, so efficient in his work, upped the pace in the second round before Campbell, with his long gangly arms did the work they needed to, pushed the Ukrainian away from his long body.

Minutes later, Loma found the shot he was looking for, a stinging left hand that a raucous London crowd reacted to with nervousness. The Hull fighter smiled back at his foe.

A focussed Campbell came out for the fourth, a round in which Lomachenko downloaded more of his data and hit the subtle, stabbing shots that his opponent, win or lose, would feel in the morning.

A third of the fight down, it was time for the home fighter to press more of the action. Talk leading into the fight not only centred around Lomachenko’s greatness but the natural physical advantages Campbell had.

All of that was thrown at the window for a brief moment when Campbell was hit with another beautifully-timed left. And then another. And another as the bell rang, half-saving a rope-a-doping Campbell before the midway point of the fight.

Campbell knew he needed to avert danger for a round. He did just that in the minutes that followed, trying his best to keep centre of the ring while roughing a frustrated Lomachenko up.

More of the same followed in the seventh but a more purposeful feinting motion came from Lomachenko, who could sense that Campbell was beginning to relax himself.

And then the shot came. Campbell, with all of his mite, hit a stumbling Lomachenko with a counter left, before following it up with another wave of punches.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist fired back, though, and sent Campbell toward the ropes, a perilous and all too familiar position to be in for victims of Lomachenko’s wrath.

The eighth and ninth rounds became more chess match than shootout, but Campbell was more than showing he belonged in the ring on a night where his credentials, most thought would come into question.

Ultimately, Lomachenko was just too much and too classy. His father and trainer Anatoly watched on from ringside as his son inched his way closer to a third world title belt… another footstep on the road to undisputed.

Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez face off at the end of the year for the remaining IBF championship with a view that the winner takes on Loma at some point in early 2020.

Those plans were all but confirmed in the 11th when Lomachenko finally broke through, finally broke through the northern resistance of Campbell, who elected to take a knee after a slew of brutal punches.

And minutes later, the scorecards were read out, Lomachenko’s hand was raised in the air and Campbell left the ring knowing that who he’d just come up against could go down as one of the greatest to grace the sport of boxing. 

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