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Vasyl Lomachenko v Luke Campbell: Sit back and enjoy a master at work in London

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The best in the business is in town and fight fans are excited. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse tells us how we can profit from the occasion...

"Luke Campbell faces the unenviable task of sharing a ring with one of the most talented fighters on the planet"

Vasyl Lomachenko v Luke Campbell
Saturday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports Box Office

Best in the business

British fight fans have a real treat in store this weekend and it's one that shouldn't be missed by any sports lover. One of the biggest names in the fight game, a pound-for-pound legend and world star, Vasyl Lomachenko arrives in London where he will face-off against Englishman Luke Campbell.

WBA, WBO and the vacant WBC world lightweight titles are on the line at the O2 Arena on Saturday and the stands will be packed. Those who can't make it along to the venue, including the thousands who missed out on the scramble for tickets, can follow a blow-by-blow account on Sky Sports Box Office.

Lomachenko is the biggest name in boxing to arrive in the UK since hard-hitting Gennady Golovkin dismantled Kell Brook at this very arena just shy of three years ago. There's real excitement in the air and supporters are confident this bout will live up to the hype, and then some.

Lomachenko made an instant impact

Lomachenko doesn't have the most impressive professional boxing record, his stats standing at 13-1-0 going into this one, but we must look beyond the bare results to get the full picture on this man. He has won everything he could possibly achieve in the amateurs and that glittering career in the vest delayed him turning professional. He was so respected in the game, in fact, his professional debut was a WBO International featherweight title shot over 10 rounds against Jose Ramirez , a man with a CV reading 25 wins against three defeats. Not only did Lomachenko win his debut, he stopped a respected and experienced pro in four rounds.

Hi-Tech's only defeat to date came on his second outing when losing a split decision points verdict to Orlando Salido (41-12-2) for the WBO featherweight championship of the world. The beaten man was given the nod on one scorecard by two rounds but lost the fight on the other two. It was an early blow, but the result did nothing to knock his progress and the Ukrainian based in California hasn't suffered the sting of defeat since. He was last seen cutting down another Brit in Anthony Crolla at the Staples Center, Los Angeles in April of this year, dealing with his man before the end of the fourth round. Will he dish out a similar punishment to Luke Campbell?

Users of the Betfair Exchange certainly believe so and there's no more than [1.11] available on the away win this weekend. That's tight and it's a price that will drive many average backers into the specials markets, but it's a fair call and the favourite's form makes it almost impossible to argue against. There's more to be had in the method of victory betting where you'll find [1.42] about a knockout win or [3.3] for the points cheer. If you believe the betting has this one right and Loma will win, it's worth predicting how he'll get the result.

There's no pressure on Campbell

Luke Campbell faces the unenviable task of sharing a ring with one of the most talented fighters on the planet at the minute and one of the most naturally gifted boxers that ever lived, but he does so with confidence. All the talk in the build up to this clash has focussed on just how good Vasyl Lomachenko is and that has allowed Campbell to work away behind the scenes, perfecting his game and preparing for battle. He may be a rank outsider in the fight winner betting but the 31-year-old from Yorkshire knows anything is possible in this sport. Campbell will need a generous helping of luck on the night, but boxing history is littered with big price upsets, surprise results and shocks.

The 5ft 9inch southpaw brings a record of 20 wins against two defeats, with both losses suffered on a split decision. Campbell was edged by Yvan Mendy early in his career when contesting the WBC International title and dropped a controversial SD to Jorge Linares in Inglewood two years ago with the WBA world lightweight title on the line. The beaten man learned a few harsh lessons that night and returned stronger for the experience, winning each of his three outings since, two by stoppage. Luke was last seen halting Mexican Adrian Yung (26-5-2), a tough guy who had never been stopped going into that contest.

Luke Campbell travels to the London arena looking to make history by pulling off the biggest upset British boxing has ever seen. He goes in against the weight of expectations, with many experts and just about every sports bettor dead against his chances. The fact there's [11.5] available on the Betfair Exchange about Campbell winning tells the story. Out-boxing Lomachenko will be nigh on impossible and that's why the points win is [17.5], a KO/TKO only slightly more likely, carrying [14].

Frank Monkhouse,

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