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GRANDMASTER

Vasyl Lomachenko defeats Luke Campbell to unify the WBC crown with his WBA and WBO belts, writes John Dennen at ringside
ON TARGET: Lomachenko’s left counters before Campbell’s right can be thrown
Photos: ACTION IMAGES/ ANDREW COULDRIDGE

BOXERS trade in pain. They balance how much they can inflict on an opponent against how much of it they must endure themselves. Even a fighter as brilliant as Vasyl Lomachenko is not exempt from that transaction.

Luke Campbell caught him. Neither hard enough nor often enough to win, not by a long stretch, Lomachenko was far ahead on the cards. But he showed on this night that the great man, a threeweight world champion already, at least for Campbell was not untouchable.

“He has very big power and he gave me a good couple of shots,” Lomachenko said of his challenger. “He’s very smart, he’s technical, he has reach. That was his main weapon.”

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