Lomachenko v Campbell – 5 Things we learned
- Loma is human: – The Ring pound for pound king showed flaws despite the unanimous points decision (119-108, 119-108, 118-109). Most noticeably his susceptibility to body attacks, proneness to take unnecessary shots and difficulty when facing a long rangy mover with a strong jab. Nevertheless, the fact he came through difficult moments to overcome his talented foe with gusto proves his undoubted class.
- Campbell is an elite fighter:- the Brit’s stock rose considerably following a gutsy but talented performance. He boxed well at range also fighting on terms on the inside. He managed to give Lomachenko arguably his toughest fight as a pro and came through almost being stopped in the 5th and dropped in the 11th. That he was able to rally at times and give Loma a lot of problems proves he deserves a third world title shot.
- Lightweight is Loma’s limit:- Having captured titles at Feather, Super-feather and Lightweight, it looks to be the final weight class we will see the pound for pound elect at. There are big fights in the higher weight classes – Crawford, Spence, Pacquiao – but Loma is a noticeably small lightweight. Bob Arum confirmed post fight that Loma would unify and then campaign in the lower weight classes where there are great fights to be made (e.g. Gervonta Davis).
- Pound for Pound is still up for grabs:- Though this was an excellent performance from Lomachenko, as the scores would suggest (although Campbell deserved maybe a couple of more rounds), there are now more questions than answers on P4P supremacy. If Loma goes on to capture the IBF title and unify the division for the first time in over 30 years his status should be solidified, but further stella performances from Crawford, Canelo, Inoue and GGG would mean a case can be made for either. It is not now a done deal.
- The British fans are the best:- Another sell out event at the O2 Arena with a brilliant atmosphere and excellent undercard. Matchroom Boxing continue to deliver at this venue, considerably supported by Top Rank and Sky Sports Box Office. Lomachenko was given incredible support throughout fight week, from both London’s Ukrainian population and equally British boxing fans. On the night this mix of nationalities made a great spectacle. Loma said post fight that the “British fans are the best” and promised to return. He will be more than welcome.