A few weeks ago Vasyl Lomachenko became a three weight world champion in just twelve professional contests, a feat that left many including myself bewildered in search of superlatives to which I am sure he will add to in the years to follow, I find myself in the same predicament after last week, but regarding a different fighter, one who hails from the east that is causing more than a few nightmares amongst the lower weight classes.
Naoya Inoue or should I say the ‘Monster’ replicated the feat of Vasyl Lomachenko of entering the three weight world champion club, needing only a few more contests to do so, destroying Jamie McDonnell’s reign in just one jaw-dropping round.
It was the kind of performance that was familiar from Inoue, regardless the way in which it was delivered was the impressive part, I know, I know he hasn’t faced the quality of opposition of Loma, perhaps as I find myself comparing the two it is unkind but the Japanese fighter merits such in the way he too as sliced through the opposition like a hot knife through butter but in more devastating fashion.
Winning titles at Light Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight all whilst only 25 Years old is highly impressive but I have to admit to being a little dejected that his super fight with Roman Gonzalez fell by the wayside due to Chocolatito’s back to back losses before I harboured thoughts of seeing him vs Rungvisai or Estrada before moving north.
Still, a win over an underrated champion in McDonnell goes a long way in the belief that looking around the division is there another challenge worthy of Inoue’s skillset? Sure Zolani Tete will have thoughts of a tear up which is likely to happen thanks to the upcoming Super series but including him, I don’t see any which includes Ryan Burnett (sorry Irish fans) to even give a competitive encounter.
I see flaws and weaknesses in most of the elite fighters but Lomachenko does look unbeatable (I’m still not counting his loss to Salido), from the rest of the field I would couple him with Inoue as the other Invincible, a Monster that continues to grow scarier with each passing victory.
As I bring this fighter of the week article to a close, I don’t know why I have the theme tune of Ghostbusters in my head but perhaps they are needed in this case.