P4P countdown: No 1: Vasyl Lomachenko
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came top...
Name: Vasyl Lomachenko
BM online P4P ranking: 1st (no change from January)
Fight record: 11-1 (9 KOs)
Report card: 2017 saw Lomachenko - remarkably - force three opponents in succession to retire - earning him the self-styled sobriquet 'NoMasChenko' - Jason Sosa lasted nine rounds in April and Miguel Marriaga seven in August, before befuddled and demoralised fellow P4P contender Guillermo Rigondeaux quit after six stanzas in December. In his sole 2018 outing to date, Lomachenko earned arguably his career best victory to date, coming off the floor to stop lineal lightweight king Jorge Linares.
Prospects: Currently Lomachenko is sidelined with a shoulder injury. However he has vowed to fight again in 2018, and pretty much everyone is hoping it will be against fellow P4P top ten member Mikey Garcia, provided the Californian defeats Robert Easter.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 98 - never in the history of the sport has a boxer ascended the pound for pound rankings so rapidly, but then Lomachenko appears to be a once in a generation talent. The Ukrainian is yet to take part in a unification fight or truly clear out a division, but there is no doubt that he is the most richly talented and breathtaking pugilist currently active. The utterly sure-footed way he has dealt with significant talents such as Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares and has sought out the most testing challenges possible makes him a deserving winner of our poll. He was the near unanimous choice of our panel; eight of our ten writers awarded him top spot, and the other two placed him second.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.