Luke Campbell has been ordered to face Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBC lightweight title.
The Brit won a final eliminator last September which made him mandatory challenger for the belt, previously held by Mikey Garcia.
When Garcia vacated and was made ‘emeritus’ champion, it was expected that Campbell would be assigned a title bout against one of the next available contenders – either Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev or America’s Devin Haney.
However, he has been ordered to take on a tougher task than expected, with the WBC opting to approve a request from WBA and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko for a unification.
Loma’s team saw the opportunity to grab a third belt and so asked the WBC to order a unification bout between the great Ukrainian and existing mandatory challenger Campbell.
The governing body accepted this request and now the Hull man must defy the odds and overcome a pound-for-pound star in order to become world champion.
The WBC also ordered a tournament to determine the next mandatory challenger for the title, their full ruling is as follows:
“The WBC Board of Governors has finalised the process and determined the final ruling regarding the lightweight division status.
“The WBC has accepted Vasyl Lomachenko’s petition to fight for the WBC lightweight title.
“A fight between mandatory challenger, Luke Campbell, from the UK and multiple weight division champion, Vasyl Lomachenko, from Ukraine, with the vacant WBC lightweight championship on the line, is officially ordered.
“Mikey Garcia, as WBC ‘emeritus’ champion, reserves his right to fight for the lightweight title.
“A tournament will be ordered to determine the mandatory challenger of the division with the following fights.
“Zaur Abdullaev, from Russia, must fight Devin Haney, from USA.
“And Teofimo Lopez, from Honduras, must face Javier Fortuna, from Dominican Republic.
“The winners of these matches will fight each other to determine the mandatory contender of the division.
“The WBC is extremely happy with this resolution which will bring very important activity to the division including seven amazing fighters from different countries, making this process a true world competition.”