‘Cool Hand’ Luke Campbell is set for the biggest test of his career when he takes on the fearsome Vasyl Lomachenko in London tonight.
The Olympic gold medallist has rebuilt his career following his 2017 defeat to Jorge Linares and despatched of Adrian Young inside six rounds in Philadelphia last March.
Now the 31-year-old will make a huge jump in class to face Lomachenko, the man widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
‘The Matrix’ made light work of Anthony Crolla in April and will look to add the vacant WBC lightweight title to his extensive belt collection when he heads to England.
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Lomachenko vs Campbell: Date and start time
The fight will be held on Saturday, August 31 at London’s O2 Arena.
Campbell lost to Yvan Mendy at the venue in December 2015 but did beat Troy James there last May. This will be Lomachenko’s first visit to Great Britain.
The evening’s entertainment from the capital starts around 6pm.
This is the main event of the night and should get going around 10pm.
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Lomachenko vs Campbell: TV channel and live stream
The fight night will be live on Sky Sports Box Office and will cost £19.95 to purchase.
Replays will air at 9am and 4pm on Sunday, September 1.
Sky Sports Box Office can be live streamed through the official app if bought through the Box Office website.
NOW TV customers can also purchase the fight for a one off price and stream on their chosen device.
Lomachenko vs Campbell: Undercard
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell (vacant WBC, WBA Super, WBO lightweight)
Charlie Edwards vs Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar (WBC world flyweight)
Hughie Fury vs Alexander Povetkin (heavyweight)
Joe Cordina vs Gavin Gwynne (lightweight)
Joshua Buatsi vs Ryan Ford (light heavyweight)
James Tennyson vs Atif Shafiq (lightweight)
Savannah Marshall vs TBA
Dalton Smith vs TBA
Connor Coghill vs TBA
Lomachenko vs Campbell: What the fighters have said
Lomachenko: “I was at the Dillian Whyte fight at the O2 and the atmosphere was amazing.
“People love and understand boxing here. I wanted to fight in a big UK arena for a long time.”
Campbell: “I can beat him now by being me. By being tall, awkward, strong, fast and skilful.
“I have been in the gym constantly — even when I haven’t had a fight. I am so boring, it is unreal.
“My brother was the best man at my wedding and his speech started with him telling guests that he had no embarrassing stories to tell because I am so boring.
Lomachenko vs Campbell: Tale of the Tape
Lomachenko – Campbell
Nationality: Ukrainian – British
Age: 31 – 31
Height: 5ft 7 – 5ft 9
Stance: Southpaw – Southpaw
Reach: 65½’ – 71’
Record: 13-1-0 – 20-1-0
KOs: 10 – 16
Rounds: 119 – 130
Debut: 12/10/2013 – 13/7/2013