Forget about all the theories that Vasyl Lomachenko is a boxer without any power in his hands, that he’s a feather-fist or anything regarding the wallop in his hands.
Tonight, Lomachenko knocked out the very tough and always durable Roman Martinez after spending five rounds toying with him, looking like a finely tuned machine rather than any kind of human.
In only seven professional fights, Lomachenko has nabbed two world title belts, something never done before, and has impressed more than enough people to easily be considered one of the pound for pound best fighters in the world.
Even as a pound for pound talent, Lomachenko still seems to impress more and more with every single one of his fights.
“I need more fights to get better as a fighter,” he said. “And I will keep getting better.”
Martinez came to the table with absolutely nothing. Martinez couldn’t quite pull the trigger on any of the shots he wanted to take, and by the time he would have thrown those shots, Lomachenko would have been 180 degrees behind him to begin with.
Throw out your preconceived notions as to what makes an exciting fighter. Technician is often a slur when it comes to considering exciting or TV-friendly fighters, but Lomachenko is rapidly changing that perception.
Orlando Salido, who handed Lomachenko his only professional loss, was in attendance at Madison Square Garden and the Ukrainian made no small attempt at hiding his intentions of avenging that loss.
“I never told him I am not going to fight him if he didn’t win he fight,” Lomachenko told HBO analyst Max Kellerman. “So let’s do it.”
Lomachenko left the ring by dedicating his victory to Muhammad Ali.
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Christopher Nicastro is a hopeless boxing devotee and freelancer. You can follow him on Twitter @chris_nicastro.