Vasyl Lomachenko: Atlas insists he was bred to be the world's bestWritten by Lee Cleveland
Pound-for-pound star and reigning WBO super-featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko faces Miguel Marriaga tonight from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
A big favorite tonight and a legend in the amateur game, Lomachenko is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and boasted a magnificent record of 396-1, with his only loss, to Albert Selimov, avenged twice.
So, just how good is he as a pro?
"I had Lomachenko rated in my top 10 pound-for-pound when ESPN started that thing some years ago after one fight," fight trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas told FightHype.com recently.
"...And everybody was like 'C'mon Teddy what are you doing?'"
Yes, after just one pro fight, Atlas slated Lomachenko as one of the world's best.
"He was formed kinda like a Tiger Woods."
"His father said 'I'm gonna make you the best fighter in the world.'"
"While other kids were doing kids stuff at 3, he was doing men's stuff. He was getting ready to become the best fighter in the world."
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga
Where: Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Time: 10 p.m. ET
"His father... made him take dance lessons so he could have great legs. He has the best legs in boxing."
"It's no accident he is where is."
He is arguably the greatest amateur fighter ever, and is equipped with tremendous talent.
Can he become the star Tiger Woods was?
It's very rare for fighters south of lightweight to capture the attention of the mainstream public but if anyone is capable of that today, it's the ultra-talented Vasyl Lomachenko.