Vasyl Lomachenko has been crowned the new WBC lightweight champion after beating Luke Campbell.
Already his division’s WBO and WBA champion and widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, Lomachenko produced another sublime display to topple the resilient 2012 Olympian Campbell, and add the vacant WBC title to his collection.
Campbell, a rank outsider heading into the fight, will have earned Lomachenko’s respect with a resolute performance at the O2 Arena in London, catching the champion with an impressive shot that briefly unsteadied Lomachenko in the seventh round.
It was all too brief, however, with the Ukrainian’s stunning footwork and flawless shot selection overwhelming the Briton.
Two shuddering body shots followed by a spiteful jab forced Campbell to take a knee in the eleventh round, but the Hull fighter bravely rose and weathered the storm.
Campbell forced the fight to go the distance, but the Ukrainian secured a clean sweep of the judges’ scorecards.