Former Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell is recovering after failing to clinch the WBA, WBO, and WBC titles in a dream clash with now-undisputed champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
The Ukrainian was a clear favourite heading into the bout at the O2, yet faced a challenge against a determined Campbell, whose performance was perhaps unfairly reflected on the scorecards.
The Brit even turned to MMA-style tactics in the 12th in a bid to halt the storming Lomachenko.
Campbell was eventually knocked down in the 11th round, as another attempt at a world title eluded him.
Despite a courageous and widely-praised performance, many have questioned why the two fighters met each other at this point in their respective careers.
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Campbell is yet to clinch a world title, while Lomachenko is listed as the best pound-for-pound boxer by several rankings.
With the WBC vacant, there was no set challenger for Lomachenko, and some suggested that IBF title-holder Richard Commey would be the ideal opponent for the Ukrainian.
Lomachenko will face the Ghanaian in the pursuit of unifying the division, but that clash will likely be pushed back due to Commey’s existing commitment to face Tiófemo López.
Among this questioning Hearn’s decision to schedule a bout between Campbell and Lomachenko was IBO super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr.
A tweet uploaded by Eubank Jr. ahead of the fight read: “Am I the only one that thinks Eddie Hearn is an absolute savage for making this fight between Lomachenko & Campbell? #PainfullyMismatched.”
The comment generated a good deal of controversy, with many suggesting that Lomachenko’s dominance of the lightweight division will not be broken unless a range of challengers are given the opportunity to face the Ukrainian.
However, other boxing fans didn't take too kindly to Eubank's comments, and rightfully dug him out for it.
With Loma now moving closer to unified status, it will likely become increasingly difficult for opponents to be sourced who are close to, or on-par with, the Ukrainian quality-wise.
Campbell is also unlikely to progress in his pursuit of a world crown unless he learns tactical lessons from defeat at the hands of the industry’s best.
Eubank Jr. also backtracked somewhat in a later tweet, describing the clash as a "good fight", and praising Campbell for "hanging in there."
Speaking to Sky Sports, Campbell was keen to stress the value of the experience, and promised to continue his fight for world titles.
“I learned a few tricks in there myself, from Loma. I'll add them to my style.
"You're in for more great fights from me. I will be after those belts."News Now - Sport News