Lomachenko beats Campbell, adds 3rd lightweight belt

Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, and Luke Campbell fight during the WBC, WBO, WBA & Ring Magazine World Lightweight Championship contest at the O2 Arena, London on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

LONDON — Vasyl Lomachenko added the vacant WBC belt to his WBA and WBO titles at lightweight with a unanimous points win over Britain's Luke Campbell on Saturday.

Lomachenko, among the world's greatest pound-for-pound fighters, struggled at times to combat Campbell's longer reach but finished the stronger and knocked the Briton down in the 11th round after a flurry of body punches.

A desperate Campbell wrestled Lomachenko to the canvas late in the 12th but survived until the last bell.

Two judges awarded the fight 119-108 to Lomachenko, with the other giving it to the Ukrainian 118-109.

Only Ghana's Richard Commey, who holds the IBF title, stands between Lomachenko and a sweep of the 135-pound belts. Commey is set to fight mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez Jnr. in December, and perhaps Lomachenko after that.

"Next, IBF. This is my title," Lomachenko said.

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