Sunday, 10 December 2017 05:31

Vasyl Lomachenko: Boxing's Rubix Cube

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He just keeps getting better.

Another Saturday night. Another championship fight. And another easy bell-to-bell victory for Vasyl Lomachenko.

After the way he handled Guillermo Rigondeaux tonight, we have to wonder if anyone can beat him... Or even challenge him.

Lomachenko has been dominating opponents in a fashion rarely seen. He is not using devastating power like Mike Tyson nor is he using blinding speed a la Roy Jones jr. He is simply beating guys into submission with superior tactics, footwork and technique. On top of that, he is doing this against world class opposition.

While fighting his share of gatekeepers, Lomachenko has also beaten Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Gary Russell Jr., Jason Sosa, with his only loss coming to an overweight Orlando Salido who fouled his way to victory and has avoided a rematch with Lomachenko ever since.

Say what you will about Rigondeaux being the smaller man, older man. Lomachenko took an undefeated, well-schooled technical wizard and made him look average tonight.

He even joked that maybe he would have to change his name to No-mas-chenko because his last four opponents have failed to come out of the corner during the fight. Jason Sosa, Nicholas Walters, Miguel Marriaga and Guillermo Rigondeaux all quit, for lack of a better term, during their fights with Lomachenko.

Rigondeaux, after quitting, cited an injured hand.

Boxer's are all very proud Warriors. Most of us would rather be knocked out then quit in a fight. However, when you have no chance of winning and made to feel both powerless and helpless what other options do you have? That is the feeling that top-level fighters have against Lomachenko.

In my two plus decades of covering boxing, I have never seen a fighter dismantle and embarrass world class championship level fighters the way that Lomachenko is.

Maybe Roy Jones in his prime comes close. However, Roy did not always fight the best opposition available the way that Lomachenko is attempting to do.

As someone who is a huge fan of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko, I was very much looking forward to this fight. I was expecting a very close back and forth technical chess match and instead I saw a one-sided boxing lesson that forced a proud Cuban to quit.

None of us are in Guillermo Rigondeaux's body. We will never know how hurt he really was. However, many fighters have gone on to win fights with a broken hand.

As we look towards boxing in 2018, we have to wonder if there anyone at all on the horizon who can competitvely challenge the great Vasyl Lomachenko.

DeMarkus Jones

My name is DeMarkus Jones and I am an amatuer boxer, trained in MuayThai and a 3rd degree black belt in Karate. I am a combat sports enthusiast and historian residing in Houston, Texas. If I'm not watching boxing or reading about boxing, I am probably in the gym myself.