Following on from his boxing masterclass over Rigondeaux on Saturday, WBO super-featherweight star Vasyl Lomachenko has surely cemented his place at the top of boxing’s mythical pound for pound list.
To put it into perspective – on Saturday, not only was Loma facing a fellow double Olympic champion, an undefeated fighter, but also someone who has been in the pound for pound list for a few years now. And what happened? He made yet another world-class fighter look ordinary and quit on his stool. He dismantled and broke down Rigo over a couple of rounds and made it look like an amateur in there against a seasoned pro.
What Loma has done in only 11 pro fights is unheard of. He has beaten everyone of note in the featherweight and super-feather division already. Looking around the weight classes, I dont think theres anyone who is as dominant over 2-3 weight divisions as he now is. I think if he decides to move up to Lightweight, I think he will outbox Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares. If he moves back down to Featherweight, I think he reigns supreme there too, even in boxing’s best division.
I do think his toughest challenges will come from Leo Santa-Cruz & Mikey Garcia. I think Santa-Cruz has the style to give Loma problems with his height, reach, volume punching and he showed in the 2nd Frampton fight that he can box on the back-foot and outbox a world-class fighter.
I think with his fight-ending power, Mikey Garcia will give Loma problems. It’s a style that’s different to what Loma’s faced and Garcia also brings under-rated boxing ability to the ring. He is also one of the best finishers in boxing as his 30 ko’s in 37 fights testifies. Saying that, do I think Santa-Cruz or Garcia beat Loma? Not at all, but I think they will give him a run for his money.
Looking around the divisions, the closest challenger’s to Loma as pound for pound #1 are GGG 37-0-1 (33 ko’s) for his dominance at Middleweight, even though it’s only been in the one division. And Terence Crawford 32-0 (23 ko’s) who has dominated at Lightweight & Light-welter. Crawford is moving up to Welterweight and although I think he’ll be competitive with anyone I cant see him beating the likes of Thurman or Spence Jr.
So overall, Loma has already dominated 2 divisions in only 11 fights, and it looks like he will go on to dominate a 3rd division next year as he aims for new challenges. I think already we are seeing a fighter who will dominate for years to come like Floyd Mayweather or Andre Ward have done, and we’re possibly also lucky enough to be looking at one of the best fighters to have ever laced up the gloves and someone who will surely be talked about in the same breath as Ray Leonard, Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali as the years go by.