‘I Just Felt Very Strange’ – Luke Campbell Comments on Vasyl Lomachenko Losing to Teofimo Lopez

Published 01/02/2021, 4:37 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 21, 2018: Ukrainian lightweight boxer Vasyl Lomachenko attends the WBSS (World Boxing Super Series) cruiserweight final between WBC/WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine, and WBA/IBF champion Murat Gassiev of Russia, at Moscow’s Olympiyskiy Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Britain’s lightweight boxing prospect, Luke Campbell, will enter the boxing ring after a long layoff of 16 months. The ‘Cool Hand’ will battle the biggest young gun of boxing, Ryan Garcia, in the lightweight division. Post his weigh-in for this fight, Campbell interacted with ES News. He talked about his excitement for this 12-round bout and even commented on Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez‘s lightweight fight.

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Lopez and Lomachenko fought back in October 2020, wherein Lomachenko ended up on the losing vertical.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko fights Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

‘Cool Hand’ admitted to Lopez being the superior fighter in that fight against the Ukrainian Lomachenko. He felt ‘Hi-Tech’ looked abruptly different in this fight.

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Campbell said, “Firstly, I felt Lopez did fantastic, and congratulations (to him). Secondly, I thought, I feel it’s quite strange watching (how) Lomachenko was in there. He looked too different to watch. He’s been in the past… I just felt very strange, he (did) not throw a punch for 7 rounds. So like I said, Congratulations to Lopez.”

The pair fought for the WBO, WBA, and IBF lightweight titles. ‘The Takeover’ won this contest with 116,119, and 117 on the judges’ scorecard. Furthermore, he even won The Ring fighter of the year award.

Read – ‘He Boxed the Ears Off Lomachenko’ – Bob Arum Praises Teofimo Lopez

Does Vasyl Lomachenko deserve a rematch against Teofimo Lopez?

Lomachenko suffered a fair and square beating in this fight. Many boxing stars and fans believed the fight was a one-sided affair for the first 8-9 rounds. However, it picked up pace in later rounds.

‘Hi-Tech’ has expressed his urge for this rematch quite a few times. He wants to settle his scores with rival Lopez.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko punches Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Since that win, neither Teofimo Lopez nor Vasyl Lomachenko has been booked in a fight. Hence, an immediate rematch is definitely on the cards.

How would you rate Vasyl Lomachenko’s performance against Teofimo Lopez? Would you like to see them touch gloves in a rematch? If not, who should they fight next?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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