Feature | May 08 2019

Luke Campbell on Lomachenko fight: ‘Let’s go!’

Luke Campbell will fight Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO, WBA and (vacant) WBC lightweight world titles. He speaks to John Dennen about defeating the brilliant Ukrainian
Luke Campbell
Campbell believes he is now performing to his best Action Images/Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

FIFTEEN years ago Luke Campbell was in Saratov. Just a teenager, he was in the Russian city to compete in the European Cadet championships. It was the first time he met Vasyl Lomachenko.

Luke was only 50 kilos and, after first outpointing the Ukrainian in his division, ultimately took a bronze medal. Lomachenko was competing down at 46kgs. He won naturally of course. “All the way back then, he was a different weight from me back then, but very cool, very skilful, always has been,” Campbell remembered.

The Hull southpaw would go on to become one of Britain’s most successful amateur boxers. But throughout that time Lomachenko was widely regarded as the best boxer, at any weight, in the Olympic sport. Campbell won gold at the senior European championships in 2008, as did Lomachenko in the same tournament. Both boxed in the 2011 World championships. Campbell was held to a silver medal, Lomachenko won gold. Both triumphed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, by then Lomachenko was in the weight division above winning his gold at 60kgs, Campbell took the gold medal at 56kgs.