ESPN Names Lomachenko the World’s Best Boxer
Ukrainian two-time Olympic champion (2008, 2012) and current WBO super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) capped off an incredible 2017 in December by beating Cuba’s previously undefeated two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in the 6th round. It marked the fourth straight fight where his opponent surrendered on the stool rather than come out and take any more punishment. He dispatched Colombia’s Miguel Marriago and the US Jason Sosa in the same fashion earlier in the year (and Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters in Nov. 2016).
The 29-year-old’s dominance has won accolades from across the boxing world, he was named ESPN’s best active pound-for-pound boxer, The Ring’s Top Fighter of 2017, and HBO Sport’s Boxer of the Year. The world’s greatest super featherweight fighter may need to move up a division to meet a worthy opponent, and the boxing world hopes he’ll soon face undefeated three-weight world champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs).