In my downtime, I’m guilty of spending countless hours watching fights of the past both in an amateur capacity as well as in the paid ranks so It didn’t come as a surprise to see Vasyl Lomachenko topple long-standing records on his way to super stardom.
After his dissecting of a personal favourite of mine in Guillermo Rigondeaux, The cogs started rotating in my brain, getting me to think of a fighter in the current landscape that is equal in terms of being unbeatable, names compared such as Terence Crawford, Naoya Inoue, Errol Spence Jr, Oleksandr Usyk and I’m sure the list grows by the day.
When so doing I find that each of these names have opposing challengers that gives the sense that a result could go either way, a prime example of this is that If Crawford was to face Spence Jr it would in most peoples opinion be a toss up / 50/50 kind of fight, this cant be said of Vasyl’s opposition who’s fate is basically already sealed after signing on the dotted line of a contract.
We enter the bout fully expecting his hand to be raised, it’s almost a foregone conclusion in our minds where because of his superiority we find ourselves looking at fighters in heavier classes as a way to bridge the gap, even then I think we can all agree is a big ask.
Promoter Bob Arum went even further in his assessment of ‘Hi-Tec’ saying “I think he’s the most unbeatable fighter I’ve ever had,” Arum said, as quoted on ESPN. “The only one that was different was [Muhammad] Ali before the three-and-a-half years [he was idle].”
“He’ll take anybody. He’ll go to 135 pounds, and he’ll make a joke of [Jorge] Linares. He’ll make a joke of [Mikey] Garcia,” Arum added.
“They’re really good fighters, but this guy is super special. You’ve never seen anything like this. Maybe he’ll go to 140, I don’t know. He’s going to do this to everybody.”
I find myself on this occasion in part anyway, agreeing with Bob, Lomachenko is indeed special, he left the amateurs as one of the greatest, reminding people time after time of his greatness in winning Olympic Golds, World Championship Golds and everything in between.
I know before I wrap this article up that the heading reads ‘Unbeatable’ which is a bit misleading considering he has lost, I know you’ll be eager to correct me with his loss to Orlando Salido but this is about a fighter who I believe is unbeatable at this current moment.
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