Issue | Opinion | Premium | Aug 26 2019

Shane McGuigan: Luke Campbell cannot give Lomachenko respect

Trainer Shane McGuigan, in his own words, tells Boxing News what it will take to beat the mighty Vasyl Lomachenko and why Luke Campbell is the man to do it
Lomachenko
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IT’S got me buzzing about the fight. I enjoy being involved in these big, high profile fights [and] this is the biggest fight I’ve been involved in, with a pound-for-pound elite fighter. I’ve had unified world champions, two weight world champions, guys like George [Groves], [Carl] Frampton and [Josh] Taylor, but I’ve never had anyone box an elite, pound-for-pound star and that’s what we’ve got.

It will be the biggest upset, not even in British boxing, in boxing in general. It’ll be a huge, huge night. That’s what we’re planning for.

One of the things I’ve been really stern on is you cannot give this guy [Lomachenko] respect. I spoke about when Linares dropped him he touched gloves with him. Everybody has this respect for Lomachenko. Obviously his credentials show why they’re giving him respect but he’s an on top fighter and if the shoe was on the other foot, he wouldn’t be touching gloves with Linares. That’s why Luke keeps just saying it is just another fight. If you go in there thinking he’s some god you’re going to bottle it and he’s definitely not going to do that.

Vasyl Lomachenko
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