By Jeff Powell For Mailonline
Published: 23:56 BST, 31 August 2019 | Updated: 23:56 BST, 31 August 2019
Luke Campbell failed in his bid to win the world lightweight title at the 02 Arena on Saturday as he lost a unaminous points decision to Vasily Lomachenko.
Campbell started well and hurt the Ukrainian in the seventh round but Lomachenko dominated throughout and forced the Brit to take a knee in the 11th round and came close to forcing a stoppage in the 12th.
But Campbell showed heart to survive to see the final bell before the judges read out scores of 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109 in favour of the Ukrainian.
Luke Campbell made the brighter start in the opening round as he took to the centre of the ring
Vasily Lomachenko quickly found his rhythm and began to build up a lead on the scorecards
Campbell remained competitive and earned Lomachenko's respect with his power
There were throaty London roars for Campbell, of course. But there was British admiration as well as loud Ukrainian support for Lomachenko.
Not every night does the best pound-for-pound boxer on earth pitch up on the banks of the River Thames.