P4P countdown: No 2: Vasyl Lomachenko
Luke G. Williams
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 second...
Name: Vasyl Lomachenko
BM online P4P ranking: 2nd (up 2 places on last December)
Fight record: 8(6)-1
2016 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. Jason Sosa was then soundly beaten for nine rounds in April of this year, as 'Hi-Tech' maintained his top-class run of form.
Prospects for 2017: There are a host of interesting fights out there for Lomachenko, with his priority being a rematch with Orlando Salido, who beat him in 2014 in contentious circumstances. A second fight between the pair is looking possible for later this year. It would be good to see Lomachenko stay a bit more active with three fights this year, rather than the two he had last year.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 79 - Lomachenko's unique style, fast hands and unusual angles of attack scored highly with our panel, six of whom ranked him second in their top tens, while a further two panellists placed him third. A true one-off, the Ukrainian seems set to be an almost certain future P4P king if he lands the fights his talents deserve.
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 Martin Chesnutt.
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.