Feature | Aug 30 2019

Luke Campbell, an Olympian overshadowed

If the London 2012 gold medallist has been overlooked as a pro, Luke Campbell promises that after he fights Lomachenko on Saturday he won't be forgotten
Luke Campbell
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THE final act of a hectic week was complete. After a long face off Vasyl Lomachenko and Luke Campbell stepped back. Neither turned away, neither looked away. They nodded and smiled, declining to break the stare for another few moments until, finally, they exited the stage. The weigh in was done. All that’s left is Saturday’s fight when they will bid to unify the WBC, WBO and WBA world lightweight titles.

It’s been a long time since boxers at the lighter weights sold out the O2 Arena in London. That’s testament to the star power and superb talents of Lomachenko and the intrigue of this particular bout; Luke Campbell is Britan’s best hope to mount a challenge to the brilliant Ukrainian.

For Campbell he finally gets to step into the full glare of public attention. At last he gets to play a starring role. He is an Olympic gold medallist, he can and has filled a stadium in his Hull hometown, yet his first world title fight was in America and his last couple of contests have been subsumed into undercards. At long last now he will get to perform on the big stage.

 

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