Pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko moved a step closer to becoming the undisputed lightweight world champion on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.

Lomachenko defended his two 135-pound belts and added a vacant one to his collection as he won a lopsided, but hard fought battle with England’s Luke Campbell on ESPN+ in a fight between Olympic gold medal winners before a wild sold-out crowd of 18,000-plus.

Lomachenko, who knocked Campbell down in the 11th round and nearly stopped him, won 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109. ESPN also scored the fight for Lomachenko, 117-110.

Lomachenko now needs only the fourth belt to become the undisputed champion and is expected to get the opportunity in his next fight in the first part of 2020 against the winner of a fight between titlist Richard Commey and mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez Jr., who likely will meet on Dec. 14.

First Lomachenko had to deal with Campbell, a fellow southpaw with height and reach advantage. But Lomachenko dismissed Campbell, the second Brit in a row he has defeated after destroying Anthony Crolla, a former world titleholder, by easy fourth-round knockout in April in Los Angeles.

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August 31, 2019 at 05:51PM