Earlier this year ar Staples Center in Los Angeles, Anthony Crolla was dominated and wiped out by way of a brutal fourth round knockout at the hands of Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Now Crolla’s Matchroom stablemate, Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell, will face Lomachenko for the WBC, WBA, WBO lightweight world titles on August 31 – with the contest likely landing on UK soil.
Crolla was practically carried about of the ring, in what was a mandatory contest.
He does not expect Campbell to suffer the same fate.
Crolla feels the style and physical dimensions of Campbell will allow him to make a much better fight.
“Me and Luke are very, very differently stylistically, in fact we couldn’t be further apart,” Crolla told Sky Sports. “I think Luke is more suited stylistically to give Lomachenko a better fight. Olympic medallist, fantastic amateur. I believe, and this is what I think Shane [McGuigan], who is fantastic trainer, will have him doing, I believe he will be looking to keep it long, use those advantages.
“To me, it just depends on how aggressive Loma comes out. If he comes out so aggressive, he could get to Luke a lot earlier but I think he will look to box and I think for four rounds it will be pretty cagey.
“It will be good to watch from a pure boxer’s point of view. I think it will be a real chess match at the highest, highest quality – two Olympic gold medallists, two world class fighters. I think Luke will have little bits of success, he’s very good and bowling the back hand up and he’ll be a lot bigger than Lomachenko but it’s just how long you can keep Lomachenko off and how he closes the distance, super, super clever.”
Crolla would love to give Campbell some pointers, but admits that he wasn’t able to spot in flaws in his short time in the ring.
“Did I see any weaknesses, honestly no I didn’t,” added Crolla. “I didn’t land enough. I remember landing one decent shot and it was the worst thing I could have done because he went through the gears a little bit then.
“I’ve been in boxing in 20 years and I’ve been in with some class fighters both in the ring on fight night and in sparring. Even in the second [Jorge] Linares fight where I got beat well, I got beat really convincing, I still felt comfortable going forward, trying to get my shots off even though a lot was coming back my way.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to be brutally honest and he was just levels above. He was that good the way he varies up the power of his shots, the speed of his shots, his positioning, always very well balanced. A very, very complete fighter.”