Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has announced a blockbuster unified lightweight title fight. Hearn’s fighter, Luke Campbell, will face pound-for-pound king, Vasyl Lomachenko.

The high-level lightweight chess match will take place on August 31 at London’s O2 Arena. Hearn calls it a ‘big moment for British Boxing’ as Yorkshireman Luke Campbell will face a fellow Olympic gold medalist for the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine world titles.

The bout will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office and ESPN+, home of Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Elsewhere in the lightweight division, Richard Commey holds the IBF world title, defending by KO against Raymundo Beltran in June.

Commey was at one point in talks to face the four weight world champion Mikey Garcia for the belt. However, Garcia instead made a failed charge for the welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr, leaving Commey to win the vacant lightweight title in February.

These are exciting times in the lightweight division, indeed the sport in general. Campbell and Lomachenko will come face to face at Whyte/Rivas tonight in the same arena that they will do battle in come August.