LUKE CAMPBELL claims he is the only man boring enough to shock the planet’s most exciting fighter.
Vasiliy Lomachenko is on the cusp of being lured to London’s O2 to fight the baby-faced Hull hero on August 31.
The impressive Ukrainian can add the vacant WBC lightweight title to his WBA and WBO straps.
And two-time Olympic gold medallist Lomachenko is currently the most celebrated fighter in the sport.
But Campbell, 31, no slouch himself after claiming gold at London 2012, believes he is big, skilful and DULL enough to triumph when the two southpaws collide.
He explained: “I can beat him now by being me. By being tall, awkward, strong, fast and skilful.
“I have been in the gym constantly — even when I haven’t had a fight. I am so boring, it is unreal.
“My brother was the best man at my wedding and his speech started with him telling guests that he had no embarrassing stories to tell because I am so boring.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Lomachenko is currently the most celebrated fighter in the sport[/caption]
“All I do is box and spend time with my family — but that is simply what I have to do to be successful.
“So I have already booked myself into rehab for when I finally retire from boxing, start partying and finally become interesting!”
Campbell was the WBC’s mandatory challenger when Mikey Garcia vacated the belt at the end of April.
He should have faced one of the fighters below him in the sanctioning body’s rankings.
But, instead, he watched the freakishly talented Lomachenko parachuted in.
Campbell cannot wait to test himself against the three-weight champion and pound-for-pound boss — though believes Loma has been unfairly gifted his shot.
He said: “A friend messaged me about it but I ignored it as I never thought it would happen.
“Then ten minutes later it was all over the news.
“It has come as a shock because Loma was nowhere near the WBC rankings.
“How do you put someone in for a shot at the world title when they are nowhere near that in the rankings?”
Campbell is used to having the odds stacked against him.
Last time he challenged for a world title it was against another three-weight king, Jorge Linares, in 2017.
That split-decision defeat against the Venezuelan came just two weeks after the death of his beloved dad Bernard.
It left boxing fans wondering if Campbell would always be a victim of bad timing.
But he said: “I don’t feel unlucky being part of this weight division in this era — it’s great.
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“I have never had an easy route and don’t expect it now.
“There are some world champions out there who have won their belt by beating someone no one has ever heard of. But where is the glory in that?
“To be the best, you have to beat the best, and now is my time.”