From Chris Williams: WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) had to struggle last Saturday to conquer the bigger WBO champion Jose Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) by way of a 12 round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 3 applicants had Lomachenko winning the fight by the dozens 117-109 and 117-109, 119-107. It was not an easy fight for Lomachenko. By looking at how indicated up his face had been you could see that. Lomachenko was struck early and by Pedraza, also by the end of the fight, the Puerto Rican fighter looked fresh and unmarked. You couldn’t say that approximately Lomachenko.
Lomachenko had the appearance of some one that had taken a terrible beating by Pedraza. The way that Lomachenko had to labour to a success over some guy which was filtered from Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis just annually, implies that he’therefore maybe not gong to be capable of moving up to 140 and 147 to find additional fame and fortunate. It’s bad. Lomachenko won’t when he chooses to remain at lightweight be in a position to increase his popularity .
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao realized that it had been a deadend for him to stay by moving up to 147, in the lower weight classes, that explains contested himself to handle the ideal. He & rsquo; s not that sort of talent, Just as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum enjoys to compare Lomachenko together with Muhammad Ali. What Pacquiao did in winning world titles in eight branches would cause some to compare him to the great Ali, but maybe not Lomachenko in winning world titles in three weight classes.
Lomachenko has short arms and a tiny frame, which will put him at a definite disadvantage if he managed to move up to light-welterweight or even welterweight. Lomachenko clearly knows his limitations, since he’s maybe not talking about wanting to fight 140 or 147. If Lomachenko did want to pursue glory in those weight classes, but he & rsquo; s not such a a risktaker, it would be nice. It took Lomachenko this time just to progress to lightweight after starting his career out in 2013. After fighting from the rankings for a very long while, completing with a 396-1 record, lomachenko got a late start.
That & rsquo; s a pipe fantasy on his part, although lomachenko says he wants a fight against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia at 2019. Lomachenko fights for Top Rank on ESPN. Mikey is with Premier Boxing Champion and fights on Showtime and Fox. For Garcia and Lomachenko to fight one another, the fight would need to get televised/streamed on ESPN and Fox/Showtime. That’s not likely to occur. It’therefore not really just a big enough fight with all the boxing fans for there to make money. In case Mikey and Lomachenko on ESPN PPV fought, it’d have been quite a great cash for the two. The same goes for when Lomachenko came up to Fox or even Showtime to face Mikey. However, it’therefore not very likely to come about.
In referring to wanting to fight Mikey Garcia at 2019 lomchenko sounds out of touch with reality. Mikey is located on the opposite side of the fence with him managed by Premier Boxing Champions boss Al Haymon, and there’s not going to become a fight between him and Lomachenko. Instead of referring to conflicts that have no prospect of happening, Lomachenko should tell Top Rank he would like to fight their Nebraska star Terence Crawford in 147. That’s a fight that Best Rank could make. They can also fit Lomachenko against WBC light welterweight champion Jose Ramirez, WBO 140 pound winner Maurice Hooker or welterweight contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas. All those are all conflicts that the boxing world would love to see in the Lomachenko.
In case Lomachenko wants to be star, he’s definitely going to need to accomplish what Mikey is now doing in moving up to welterweight to challenge one of the gifted winners in that weight category. Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is likely to be ambitious International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on March 16 on Fox pay-per-view. Mikey knows exactly what he’s against in moving two weight classes to face the much bigger and stronger Spence, but he doesn’t attention. Mikey is an old school fighter at the Sugar Ray Robinson (174-19-6, 109 KOs) manner, and now he ’therefore not afraid to test himself against fighters that are bigger. Robinson started out his career in lightweight from 1940, and he quickly moved up all of the best way to middle-weight to secure bigger fights in his 10th season as a pro. Robinson was unbeatable until he transferred to middle weight. He didn’t attention that he suffered occasional losses . He was willing to fight the ideal. Mikey is the exact very same way. He’so eager to put herself in situations where he’s ’therefore the younger guy in order to find the bigger struggles, also help shape his heritage. That which we’re may be the opposite. He’therefore opting to remain at lightweight where he feels comfortable, and not put himself in danger of losing periodically.
The thing is, Lomachenko could reach much more with his career when he placed himself in circumstances where he would lose occasionally. By moving up to 140 and 147 to fight with the best, Lomachenko would broaden his career by fighting with a wider variety of hot fighters, a few of which he lose to, but most that he could still beat. Evander Holyfield may have stayed at cruiserweight his entire career and dominated that division for many decades, but he decided to move up to heavyweight to fight giants such as Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe. The burden gap from where Holyfield was fighting cruiserweight to him fighting heavyweight against 250 lb. Fighters had been staged. Holyfield didn’t attention. He was able to to face the most useful, and put himself in circumstances where he had been the younger man. He’s comfortable at lightweight, and he doesn’t want to progress in weight such as Holyfield, Pacquiao and Mikey.
Lomachenko will struggle even at lightweight to hold on at the top for quite a very long period unless his promoters at Best Rank baby him, and keep him far from the giants at the division such as Robert Easter Jr. and Luke Campbell. Lomachenko is lucky that the 5’9″ Terry Flanagan has moved up to 140. That would be a real nightmare for Lomachenko.
It’s unsatisfactory to think that Lomachenko has now reached the zenith of the short five-year specialist career, but ’s what it appears is the case. Lomachenko has bottomed out together along with all his increase in weights, and then he ’therefore showing resistance to move up in weight any more than where he’s ’so right now at lightweight. In other words, rsquo, Lomachenko doesn &;t want to step out of the rut. He’s pretty nice where he’s ’so at the lightweight division after having moved up from super feather weight.
The future for Lomachenko at 2019 will see him likely facing the winner of the Richard Commey vs. Isa Chaniev fight for the IBF lightweight title in 2019. After that, Lomachenko is expected to face Miguel Berchelt, who Best Rank co-promotes. That’s a fight that Lomachenko needs to have taken before he moved out of the super featherweight division. The times of fighters hoping to increase their popularity by unifying the division are all still gone. It doesn&rsquo. Look at Crawford. He unified the 140 lb weight class, and also his popularity failed to grow. The cause of that is titles are no longer that essential due to how sanctioning bodies have bogged down the branches with the gigantic amount of titles they’t generated. The only solution to gain popularity during this time and age is always for fighters to have the largest names possible. The best way to get that happen would be for fighters to move down or up to find the fights. The fighters need to be happy to take. Mikey Garcia is ready to do that. It doesn’t look like Lomachenko wants to take the identical risk. In case Lomachenko wants to be amazing, he’s got to follow along with Mikey’so guide and proceed in weight.