‘And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms’
Vasyl Lomachenko is arguably, technician-wise, one of the greatest to ever lace up the gloves. Whether you agree with that statement or not, I don’t give a fuck, this is my platform and my opinion, you can take it with a grain of salt for all I care. His footwork, technical and tactical attack, and ring generalship are second to none. His ability to draw you in by falsely building your own confidence up before breaking you down, is pure genius.
And he’s doing this against much bigger men.
In no way is Lomachenko a legit lightweight. I wouldn’t doubt if he can still make 130 with ease, but the competition got to easy. Respected fighters like Rocky Martinez, Nicolas Walters and Guillermo Rigondeaux were basically retired by Lomachenko. And no matter what Rigondeaux accomplishes when he returns, his career will always tarnished by the embarrassment he suffered at the hands of Lomachenko.
Nomaschenko took the before mentioned fighters into the matrix and they haven’t escaped.
The problem now for Lomachenko is, where does he go from here?
If Mikey Garcia or Gervonta Davis really wanted the fight with Lomachenko, it would have happened by now. Please don’t be fooled by the obstacle illusions of rival promoters and TV/streaming platforms being the factors in holding up the fights. Bigger fights with those obstacles have been made in the past to pave the way for potential mega fights to be made.
Tt’s simple, neither Garcia or Lomachenko want it. You mean to tell me Garcia could make the same amount of money fighting a Lightweight and a Welterweight, and he chose the Welterweight because he ‘saw’ something? Think about that for a second.
Let’s get back to the question at hand, what’s next for Lomachenko?
Honestly, nothing big. With Garcia fighting Spence in March, even if a fight could be made, it probably wouldn’t happen until the summer/fall of 2019. And if you’re hoping for a Davis fight, don’t hold your breath.
The Lightweight division is filled with no hopers. Lomachenko would destroy the likes of Luke Campbell, Robert Easter and Richard Commey. He could always fight Yuriorkis Gamboa, but I doubt that does anything for his legacy. And if anyone believes Devin Haney or Teofimo Lopez are ready for Lomachenko, you have to be related to them or delusional.
Could he move down to 130 pounds like I suggested he still could do? Probably but there isn’t much as far as potential mega fights at that weight either. Does Miguel Berchelt, Alberto Machado or Francisco Vargas excite you?
I know he’s stated a move to 140 pounds isn’t in the plans but Jose Ramirez and Maurice Hooker are looking pretty tempting right now.
Whatever Lomachenko chooses to do I’m sure it will be a calculated move – just like his fights. The precision in which he disposes of opponents is a thing of beauty for boxing purists. We truly are witnessing greatness here and we better appreciate it because fighters like Lomachenko are a once in a generation type fighter.