In all bouts tracked by BoxStat, Vasiliy Lomachenko’s 40% accuracy was a 16% improvement over his fight with Jorge Linares (24%) and 30% higher than Luke Campbell’s (10%).
Campbell’s 10% accuracy represented a career low (his career average is 18%) and a slightly worse mark than against Linares (11%).
The increase in shot placement over the course of the 12-round contest for Lomachenko indicates what we all saw: a pull away down the stretch from the naturally smaller man.
Credit, however, should be given to the 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist. He was busy, technical, and used his size well. He also went to the body consistently, a probable player in Lomachenko easing off the gas near the end. Furthermore, he rarely let the play get too far out of hand and saved himself with a savvy tackle.
While Campbell is now 0-2 against the best men he has faced, Lomachenko (#1 in the class) and Linares (then #2), he’s shown that he’s not that far out of his depth and that bodes well for his future.
Lomachenko’s victory over the British southpaw represents a step in the right direction of his quest to dominate the lightweight division. The Ukrainian is the cream of the crop in the class and arguably the whole sport, and if all goes planned and a clear winner comes out of the Richard Commey-Teofimo Lopez bout, “Hi-Tech” will be in line for recognition as the Lineal Champion, as well as wearing all of the division’s ABC hardware, making him the target of all challengers who wish to supplant his status.
Will that bring men like Gervonta Davis, Mikey Garcia, and others to the negotiating table? Fans can only hope. If not, a move south may be in the works, seeing as Lomachenko is contending with natural bigger men and can no doubt make lower weights.
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