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 (up 1 place on last June)
Fight record: 10-1 (8 KOs)
Report card: After a low-key 2015, Lomachenko stepped up the level of his opposition in 2016, scoring a savage KO of the year contender against Roman Martinez to win the WBO super featherweight title and then dismantling and demoralising previously unbeaten Nicholas Walters in arguably the Ukrainian's most impressive performance to date of a whirlwind pro career. 2017 saw him - 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 stanza in December.
Prospects for 2018: There are a host of interesting fights out there for Lomachenko. This writer's preference would be to see him face Miguel Berchelt to unify at super feather before moving to lightweight and targeting the likes of Jorge Linares or fellow P4P top ten member Mikey Garcia.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 92 - 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 and Guillermo Rigondeaux and has sought out the most testing challenges possible makes him a deserving winner of our poll. Half of our ten-person panel awarded him top spot, as he chalked up five points more than second-placed Gennady Golovkin.
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.