BOXING modern great Vasyl Lomachenko out-classed another top calibre opponent last night.
Luke Campbell, who lost to Lomachenko by unanimous decision at London’s 02 Arena, looked to be a good match but in spite of his significant reach advantage and alarming power for a lightweight, like many others he looked out of his depth.
Legendary boxing coach and analyst Teddy Atlas commented on the high level lightweight title fight: “For me the difference and turning point in the fight was the jab. Campbell was that dog barking behind the door and Lomachenko was FedEx delivering the package. Noise vs action. Action is loudest. The delivery was made.”
He lost to Orlando Salido in his second pro fight but since then ‘Loma’ has gone undefeated against some of the sport’s best including Roman Martinez, Nicholas Walters; Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares and Jose Pedraza.
Loma has held world titles at three weights: featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight. After adding the green and gold belt to his collection last night, he stands as the WBO, WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine world champion.
In spite of his resume, up and coming talent, Devin Haney believes he can solve the Lomachenko puzzle. After the main event in London, Haney let fly on Twitter saying: “I could beat Loma point blank period!
“No one believes you until you do it,” he said.
Japanese knock-out artist, Naoya Inoue is also angling to fight Loma with a move up in weight, the Ukrainian champion would likely need to move down weight to meet the IBF and WBA bantamweight titlist half way.
Inoue has the speed, intelligence and technical ability to lure his opponents into a trap before unleashing devestating knockout shots.
Inoue vs Lomachenko could be a long way off, however, if it happens it could decide which of them is the best in the world at the lighter weights.
Featherweight also holds a number of exciting blockbuster bouts for Lomachenko. How would he do against the tough and scrappy IBF world champion Josh Warrington.
How would he look against the apprentice of Floyd Mayweather, Gervonta Davis? Lomachenko has an uncanny ability to take the shine off of some of the world’s best boxers so let’s put it to the test. He fights like a computer, downloading the data on his opponents, figuring out what breaks them and then applying it with clinical precision.
If Lomachenko can add some of the above names to his list of victories, he could become the greatest boxer of all time.