British boxer Luke Campbell has come a long way since his amateur days. From winning gold medals at both the 2008 European Championships and 2012 Olympics (both as a bantamweight), he has held the WBC Silver and Commonwealth lightweight titles – and even challenged for the WBA and The Ring titles, both in the lightweight division. Ranked the world’s number two active lightweight by The Ring, ‘Cool Hand’ faces his toughest challenge yet on Saturday 31st August when he takes on Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko at the O2 Arena in London. Ahead of this bout, let’s take a look at the three defining fights of Campbell’s professional career so far.

Campbell v Argenis Mendez

After gaining the Commonwealth lightweight title against Gary Sykes, Campbell fought former IBF junior-lightweight champion Argenis Mendez for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title.

Despite being floored by his opponent in the second round, Campbell made a remarkable comeback, dominating the fight which went the full 12 rounds. ‘Cool Hand’ won by unanimous decision: 116-111, 117-110, 115-112; before deciding he’d like to take a crack at a world title. “That was a really good learning fight for me and I was in with a seasoned pro,” Campbell told Sky Sports after the fight. “It was a step up for me and a great opportunity to get back in at the top. Mendez is a top-class fighter and has a lot of skill.

From here, the only was up, with Campbell rising up the ranks and eventually getting his world title challenge.

Campbell v Jorge Linares

When Campbell took on Venezuelan Linares in California, September 2017, there was a lot at stake. Having previously retained his WBC Silver lightweight title against Jairo Lopez, Campbell was looking to add the WBA and The Ring belts to his collection. Linares had previously won the two titles with victory over fellow Brit, Anthony Crolla and faced him in back-to-back matches, on the second occasion retaining his titles.

It was incredibly close between the two, with Linares going on to win by split decision, to notch his twelfth consecutive win; despite Campbell believing he had won the bout: “No one can ever doubt my heart. Yeah, I got off to a rocky start. He hit me with a nice, clean shot in the second round, caught me on the eye, cut it. I wasn’t dazed. From there, I had double vision in one eye for the rest of the fight. But from then, I out-classed him. I thought I won the fight. He’s a great champion, but I thought I out-classed him”.

Defeat against Linares was only his second of his professional career and he’s won his three bouts since, albeit not for titles.

 

Campbell v Lomachenko

There’s no doubting that Loma poses a huge threat to Campbell, in what could prove to be his biggest fight to date. For Campbell, it’s a second opportunity to win the WBA, WBO, The Ring, and WBC lightweight titles, while Lomachenko will look to defend his record and gain the vacant WBC title – a further step towards unification.

The two have had similar paths, both winning gold medals in their respective divisions at the 2012 Olympics; while Campbell has a record of 20-2, to Loma’s 13-1. Campbell may not have contested or held as many titles as the Ukrainian, who has retained or won belts in every fight bar one (a defeat to Mexican Orlando Salido in 2014).

Campbell may have the upper-hand when it comes to height and reach, but there’s a reason why Lomachenko’s nickname is ‘The Matrix’ and the Hull-born boxer will need to be on top of his game to overcome Loma’s fast and fancy footwork, feigning and trickery if he is indeed to crack ‘The Matrix’. Should Campbell be successful, who knows the calibre of opponents queuing up to take him on.

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