Ukraine’s Vasiliy Lomachenko says he cannot afford to overlook Luke Campbell as they prepare to fight on August 31. The lightweight will defend his WBA and WBO titles when he fights at The 02 in London, while the vacant WBC strap will also be on the line.
Lomachenko will go into the fight as a heavy favourite, with the 31-year-old already winning world titles at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight. He stopped Anthony Crolla in four rounds in April, but Campbell will pose a totally different threat. The Hull fighter is two inches taller and has a five-and-a-half-inch longer reach than Lomachenko.
With that in mind, ‘Hi-Tech’ says he cannot afford to look past Campbell. He told Sky Sports: “Maybe because he is tall, he has big reach and he is a smart boxer and he has a high boxing IQ because he has a very big amateur experience, maybe for me it will be a big challenge. “I’m happy to be in London again, I don’t want to talk much, see you on August 31.”