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World title shot: Hull boxer Luke Campbell to challenge Vasiliy Lomachenko in London

Hull boxer Luke Campbell will challenge for three world titles and the Ring Magazine Lightweight belt when he faces pound-for-pound number one Vasiliy Lomachenko at London's O2 Arena next month.

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The clash brings together two Olympians and is Campbell's second attempt at becoming a world champion.

Lomachenko (13-1 10 KOs), who went 396-1 as an amateur, won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and has won World titles at Featherweight, Super-Featherweight and Lightweight in the paid ranks. He last fought in April at Staples Center in Los Angeles, taking out mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla in four rounds. The Ukrainian’s punch power and supreme boxing ability have seen him rise to the top of the 135lbs division and on August 31 he will step through the ropes as a pro for the first time on UK soil.

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Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs) is ranked number one in the WBC and landed the mandatory slot for the World title when he exacted revenge over Frenchman Yvan Mendy at Wembley Stadium, London in September 2017. Last time out he stopped Mexico's Adrian Young in five rounds in Philadelphia.

The London 2012 Olympic Gold medal star fell short in his first World title clash after being edged out via split decision against then-WBA and WBC Diamond king Jorge Linares in September 2017 in Los Angeles.

“The best fighting the best, this is going to make one hell of a fight. I am in this sport to be the best to become a World Champion. This is what I train and work so hard for, to become a World Champion and fulfil my potential. He is ranked number one pound-for-pound on the planet so for me to fight a guy like that only encourages me more to be the best that I can be and it is exactly the level that I want to be at. I’m well aware of how good he is and what he is capable of doing but I’m also well aware of what I can do and what I’m going to do.

I think that I can knock out anyone that I hit right, I believe that I am one of the biggest punchers in the Lightweight division. This is going to be the toughest fight of my life and I’m preparing for it, physically and mentally. This is Luke Campbell’s year, it’s my time.”

– Luke Campbell

"This is a huge moment for British boxing. It is an honour to bring pound-for-pound number one Vasiliy Lomachenko to the UK to challenge Luke Campbell for the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World titles. I truly believe Luke Campbell has a fantastic chance here on home soil to upset his fellow Olympic Gold Medallist. This will be a huge event, not just in Britain, but around the World. We're planning another huge undercard for a special night of boxing. I cannot wait for August 31!"

– Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing