P4P countdown: No 4: Vasyl Lomachenko
Luke G. Williams
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising nine of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came fourth ...
Name: Vasyl Lomachenko
BM online P4P ranking: 4th
Fight record: 7(5)-1
2016 report card: Truth be told, since defeating Gary Russell Jr in June 2014 in just his third pro contest, 'Hi-Tech' had faced three fairly low-profile opponents. In 2016, the former two time Olympic champion stepped it up, 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 Lomachenko's most impressive performance to date of a whirlwind pro career.
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 likely to be brokered for March. Win that and showdowns with the likes of Francisco Vargas could follow in the super feather division or, were he to move to lightweight, the likes of Terry Flanagan might also come into play. Further down the road, a rumoured super fight with Manny Pacquiao has the potential to be a barnstormer. It would be good to see Lomachenko stay active with three fights next year, rather than the two he had in 2016.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 52 - I find that the majority of those who question Lomachenko's P4P credentials have seldom seen him in action. The highest any of our panel ranked him was third but with his unique style, fast hands and unusual angles of attack he is a true one-off and 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 and Michael Montero.
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.