Like usual, Vasiliy Lomachenko is a huge betting favorite vs. his opponent. That’s because Lomachenko is the best boxer in the world (at least in my eyes) and because even though he’s facing some of the top fighters in the lower weight classes, Lomachenko hasn’t found anybody in the past four years that can give him a real test in the ring. Luke Campbell wants to change that storyline, and he could have a couple of advantages that most Lomachenko opponents don’t possess.
That’s what makes Saturday’s live stream on ESPN+ so compelling. Can Campbell capture Lomachenko’s pair of lightweight world titles and the third belt that’s also at stake in front of British countrymen? Can he top the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer and establish himself as a major player in the sport? We’ll soon find out.
Here’s how to live stream the Lomachenko vs. Campbell fight on ESPN+.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell
- When: Saturday, Aug. 31 at 1pm ET
- Where: O2 Arena in London
- Streaming: ESPN+
- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year
Lomachenko vs. Campbell live stream: Watch Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+
Since it was introduced in April 2018, ESPN+ has been a tremendous value for boxing fans. Thanks to its partnership with the Top Rank promotional company, ESPN has had the chance to use both the broadcast network and the paywall on the app to showcase its top fighters and prospects. Terence Crawford has fought on ESPN+. So has Tyson Fury and Sergey Kovalev. Michael Conlan and Shakur Stevenson, two of the most visible undefeated prospects, also have been broadcast on both platforms. Now, it’s Lomachenko’s turn again.
It’s the cheapest way to stream boxing on a monthly or annual basis. ESPN+ used to give a free seven-day trial, but that’s gone away for now. Either way, subscribers can pay $4.99 per month or $49.99 for the entire year. Plus, you’re allowed to cancel at any time.
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Lomachenko vs. Campbell: Why it matters
Aside from a loss to wily veteran and former world titlist Orlando Salido in just his second pro fight, Lomachenko has been a special pugilist during his career. He won a world title in only his third pro match—that had never done before by anybody in the sport’s history—and beat Gary Russell, one of the world’s best featherweights, to accomplish it.
Since then, he’s destroyed undefeated champions and scored spectacular knockouts. In four straight fights, he made his opponents (world-class opponents, mind you) quit. And at times, Lomachenko (13-1, 10 knockouts) appears other-worldly with how good he is.
But not everybody believes Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs) is predetermined to lose. His promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, said Campbell will give Lomachenko the toughest test of his career
“Loma is simply one of the finest boxers to ever lace them up, the best fighter on the planet today …” Campbell’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said when the fight was announced. “But Luke is an elite world fighter, too, and with his range, ability, and heart, [he] can shock the world and rip Loma’s titles from him on another epic night of boxing.”
Though Campbell is a +850 underdog, which means you’d win $850 with a $100 bet on Campbell, he said his desire will help him outshine Lomachenko. Also, he might have at least one built-in advantage. The fact the British fighter is fighting in his home country against Lomachenko could help him gain the confidence to pull off the upset.
“I’m in a tough division and I want to show I’m the best in it,” Campbell told ESPN. “I don’t want to be in an easy division, I don’t want to be a champion that no one knows. Why would I want to be fighting someone no one has heard of for the world title? I don’t want to be a world champion that no one gives a fuck about, and there are loads of them about. Everyone will know my name once I win this fight, mark my words … Currently, I’m facing the best of this era, but we will have to see after we have fought if that’s still the same.”
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