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Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell preview and pick

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August 30th, 2019

The mythical run of Vasyl Lomachenko continues this weekend, as he attempts to add the WBC lightweight title to his collection at the expense of Luke Campbell. Their clash will take place Saturday at the O2 Arena in London as an ESPN+ main event.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell odds

FighterOdds
Vasyl Lomachenko
-1225
Luke Campbell
+700

Lomachenko is a heavy favorite

From the very beginning, Vasyl Lomachenko has been a massive favorite over the top ranked and very good Luke Campbell. Considered to be the best fighter on the planet, Lomachenko is too talented to be in any danger against Campbell.

Boasting a more refined skill set and unparalleled mobility, Lomachenko will only need a few rounds to bypass Campbell’s superior reach and begin overwhelming him with flurries to the body and head.
Limiting Lomachenko’s mobility is paramount to any upset. Campbell is the first lightweight Lomachenko has fought with solid punching power, and the best course of action would be to crowd the smaller fighter and bully him against the ropes.

Campbell is vulnerable to Lomachenko's speed

One major flaw for Campbell is that he is slow to recoil his punches, leaving him open to the fast counters Lomachenko specializes in. Campbell has no chance in outboxing Lomachenko, but he can mask his weakness by trying to fight on the inside to maximize his size advantage.

For Campbell to do that, he’ll have to put himself directly in Lomachenko’s line of fire and try to slow him down. That isn’t how Campbell fights and will instead proceed at a measured pace and adjusting as the fight progresses.


What will more than likely happen is that Lomachenko is going to catch on to Campbell’s reliance on his length and test him by countering over his jab or moving around it to work his body. Slowly but surely, Lomachenko will neutralize the central element to Campbell’s game plan and start to open him up with his superior skills.

Lomachenko will begin to batter him but will be short of stopping Campbell unless the referee intervenes. A tepid start will turn into a Lomachenko wipe out on the cards with a knockdown or two along the way.

Pick: Lomachenko






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