Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell have not agreed to terms for the vacant WBC title unification.
Unified WBO / WBA lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko and WBC mandatory Luke Campbell could be headed to a purse bid Friday June 21. Eddie Hearn has revealed Matchroom and DAZN made their maximum offer.
The outcome of this purse bid has huge ramifications throughout the division. First if Matchroom were to win the purse bid Lomachenko who’s under contract with ESPN might simply decline the fight. This would allow Eddie Hearn who promotes Devin Haney to pair them against each other for the WBC title in an in-house bout.
We should note that this particular scenario is what was supposed to take place initially. Haney and Campbell actually agreed to face each other on the date of July 27, however, needed the approval of the WBC to sanction the bout.
Eventually the organization would overrule the agreement by mandating Lomachenko vs Campbell.
Details on that story can be found at the link below:
If Top Rank wins the purse bid (which is the most likely outcome) then Campbell would be forced to fight in the U.S. Regardless, he would still be a prohibitive underdog. This would also align Haney to be the mandatory and this situation repeats itself if the mandated fight is made and Lomachenko picks up the vacant title.
This outcome could be really bad for Haney because Lomachenko would more than likely prioritize fighting IBF champion Richard Commey for the undisputed crown before fighting the young contender.
As of right now it seems that Top Rank is holding the keys to the lightweight division!
By: Corey Cunningham