Luke Campbell is Ready for Lomachenko!
According to lightweight Luke Campbell (20-2, 16 KO’s), he is ready for his August 31 showdown with WBO and WBA super world lightweight champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KO’s).
Also on the table will be the vacant WBC lightweight title. The two will tangle at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London.
This bout will make Campbell’s second attempt at a world title. His first came in a close, but unsuccessful split-decision loss to Jorge Linares back on September 23, 2017.
The prizefight with Hi-Tech will be Campbell’s fourth outing since his loss to Linares and he feels he is more than prepared.
In preparation for this important bout, Campbell opted to bring the tough and durable IBF super lightweight champion Josh Taylor into his camp for sparring. It was a move that the Yorkshire-born boxer feels was a superb choice.
“I can’t get any better than Josh Taylor for the sparring, you know? He’s big, he’s strong, he throws a lot of punches, he’s got good movement, he’s quick.
“Great preparation for me […] it’s certainly been the toughest training camp because I, we know what’s in front of us.
“We got the biggest challenge of my career coming up, so it’s definitely been the toughest with the extra.”
Clearly Campbell has no desire or intentions on overlooking the wildly versatile Lomachenko. While the hard-fighting lightweight is taking Loma seriously, he is not viewing him as an unstoppable monster.
Let him tell it, the upcoming title fight is just another day in the office.
“It is just another fight. Take the titles away and whatnot, and whatever else, it’s just another fight, you know?
“It’s how you want to see it in your head, but at the end of the day it’s just another fight. We go in there, as soon as the bell rings, its twelve rounds and it’s a fight.”
Unlike his pre-fight preparation for Linares, Campbell has enjoyed a full obstacle-free training camp. In his estimation the smoother camp will make a significant difference when he faces off against the champion Lomachenko.
“I’ve had a long successful training camp. For the Linares camp, I think maybe I only had like six weeks training camp over in the states.
“This one I had a long successful training, with the right sparring, with the right preparation and everything to go with it. You know, and we’re near to the end of the training camp now, but we’re not finished yet.
“We still got a few more weeks to go and everything is going to be perfect.”
Time will tell if Campbell, playing in the role of underdog, can upset the odds and unseat the heavily-favored Lomachenko.
3kingsboxing will continue to provide coverage on this exciting prizefight.
By: Bakari Simpson