Posts Tagged ‘#VasylLomachenko’

1.  Terence Crawford              33 – 0 – 0 (24 KO’s)           Junior Welterweight           U.S.A.

2.  Vasyl Lomachenko             11 – 1 – 0 (9 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

3.  Saul Alvarez                      50 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                    Mexico

4.  Gennady Golovkin             38 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                     Kazakstan

5.  Mikey Garcia                     39 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

6.  Naoya Inoue                     16 – 0 – 0 (14 KO’s)            Bantamweight                 Japan

7.  Oleksandr Usyk                  15 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)            Cruiserweight                 Ukraine

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  24 – 0 – 0 (21 KO’s)            Welterweight                   U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        46 – 4 – 1 (41 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Eleider Alvarez                  24 – 0 – 0 (12 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Colombia

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Heavyweight  —  (No Limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Anthony Joshua (22-0-0, 21 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Luis Ortiz (29-1-0, 25 KO’s)
  4. Gillian Whyte (24-1-0, 17 KO’s)
  5. Joseph Parker (24-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Oleksandr Usyk (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO

  1. Mairis Briedes (24-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  2. Murat Gassiev (26-1-0, 19 KO’s)
  3. Denis Lebedev (31-2-0, 23 KO’s)
  4. Yunier Dorticos (22-1-0, 21 KO’s)
  5. Krzysztof Glowacki (30-1-0, 19 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Eleider Alvarez (24-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Dmitry Bivol  (14-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Badou Jack (23-1-3, 13 KO’s)
  5. Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. George Groves (28-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (38-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Callum Smith (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. David Benavidez (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Jose Uzcategui (27-2-0, 23 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING, WBA, WBC

  1. Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s)
  2. Daniel Jacobs (34-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0-0, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (27-0-0, 21 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Jarret Hurd (22-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (31-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KO’s)
  4. Jaime Munguia (31-0-0, 26 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Brian Castano (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Errol Spence Jr (24-0-0, 21 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Terence Crawford (33-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Regis Prograis (22-0-0, 19 KO’s)
  2. Josh Taylor (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  3. Jose Ramirez (23-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Keryl Relikh (22-2-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Viktor Postol (29-2-0, 12 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1-0, 9 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (39-0-0, 30 KO’s)   IBF, WBC
  2. Jorge Linares (44-4-0, 27 KO’s)
  3. Robert Easter (21-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Jose Pedraza (25-1-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Richard Commy (27-2-0, 24 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Miguel Berchelt (34-1-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Gervonta Davis (20-0-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Alberto Machado (20-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  4. Tevin Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (29-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (26-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Oscar Valdez (24-0-0, 19 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Josh Warrington (27-0-0, 6 KO’s)   IBF

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Isaac Dogboe (20-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)
  3. Rey Vargas (32-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Daniel Roman (25-2-1, 9 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Jesse Magdaleno (25-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Zolani Tete (27-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Naoya Inoue (16-0-0, 14 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (19-0-0, 9 KO’s)  WBA
  4. Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0-0, 12 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Juan Carlos Payano (20-1-0, 9 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3-0, 25 KO’s)
  2. Khalid Yafai (24-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Kazuto Ioka (23-1-0, 13 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Roman Gonzalez (47-2-0, 39 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Moruti Mthalane (36-2-0, 24 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Artem Dalakian (17-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Andrew Selby (10-0-0, 5 KO’s)
  4. Cristopher Rosales (28-3-0, 19 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Hekke Budler (32-3-0, 10 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12 KO’s)
  2. Ken Shiro (13-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carlos Canizares (21-0-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  5. Felix Alvarado (33-2-0, 29 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (51-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (18-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0-0, 7 KO’s)
  4. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)
  5. Vic Saludar (18-3-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO

1.  Gennady Golovkin             38 – 0 – 1 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                     Kazakstan

2.  Vasyl Lomachenko             11 – 1 – 0 (9 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

3.  Terence Crawford              32 – 0 – 0 (23 KO’s)           Junior Welterweight           U.S.A.

4.  Mikey Garcia                     38 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

5.  Saul Alvarez                      49 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                    Mexico

6.  Naoya Inoue                     15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)           Junior Bantamweight         Japan

7.  Sergey Kovalev                  32 – 2 – 1 (28 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Russia

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)           Welterweight                     U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        45 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux        17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)          Junior Featherweight          Cuba

Champ – Vacant

  1. Anthony Joshua (21-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Alexander Povetkin (33-1-0, 23 KO’s)
  4. Joseph Parker (24-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Luis Ortiz (28-1-0, 24 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (14-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBC, WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (26-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Mairis Briedes (23-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Denis Lebedev (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Yunier Dorticos (22-1-0, 21 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Dmitry Bivol  (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0-0, 12 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. George Groves (28-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (37-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Callum Smith (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. David Benavidez (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Jose Uzcategui (27-2-0, 23 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (34-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0-0, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (27-0-0, 21 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Jarret Hurd (22-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (30-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KO’s)
  4. Jaime Munguia (29-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Brian Castano (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Errol Spence Jr (23-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Danny Garcia (34-1-0, 20 KO’s)
  5. Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Regis Prograis (21-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  2. Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Kiryl Relikh (22-2-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Jose Ramirez (22-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Antonio Orozco (27-0-0, 17 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1-0, 9 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Jorge Linares (44-4-0, 27 KO’s)
  2. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Robert Easter (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Raymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Richard Commy (26-2-0, 23 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Miguel Berchelt (33-1-0, 29 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Gervonta Davis (20-0-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Alberto Machado (19-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  4. Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KO’s)
  5. Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Carl Frampton (25-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  3. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Oscar Valdez (24-0-0, 19 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Lee Selby (26-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)
  2. Isaac Dogboe (19-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (31-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Jesse Magdaleno (25-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KO’s)   WBA

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Zolani Tete (27-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (19-0-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  4. Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0-0, 12 KO’s)
  5. Juan Carlos Payano (20-1-0, 9 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Naoya Inoue (15-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3-0, 25 KO’s)
  3. Khalid Yafai (23-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0, 38 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Artem Dalakian (16-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Moruti Mthalane (35-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  3. Andrew Selby (10-0-0, 5 KO’s)
  4. Cristopher Rosales (27-3-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ken Shiro (12-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  3. Carlos Canizares (20-0-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Pedro Guavara (30-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  5. Ganigan Lopez (29-7-0, 18 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (50-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (17-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0-0, 7 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2-0, 5 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)

Image result for lomachenko vs linaresLast night on ESPN Boxing we had a real treat, as Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s) via 10th round TKO to become the WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight Champion.  Lomachenko made history last night, becoming the fastest fighter ever to win a title in a third weight division.  It took Oscar De La Hoya 22 fights to do so, Mayweather did it in his 35th fight, and Manny Pacquiao in his 41st.  Lomachenko has set a new record that I seriously doubt will ever be broken.  With last nights victory, Loma might have just cemented himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, as he defeated his biggest test to date.  Although I believe that Terence Crawford is the actual #1, Loma has definitely moved past him on at least some pound for pound lists.

The first round was a feeler just as expected, as both men seemed to really respect each others ring skills.  Linares had a great second round, as perhaps with the move up in weight, Lomachenko was being a bit more cautious.  Rounds 3 and 4 were also pretty close, but Lomachenko got more comfortable and started opening up bit.  Even though the hand speed of both fighters was very close, Loma’s reflexes defensively were a lot quicker then those of Linares.  Realizing this, Lomachenko got a bit careless, and then something happened that we were all shocked to see.  The overly confident Lomachenko walked right in to a perfectly timed straight right hand from Linares, and was dropped on his back side in the fifth round.  A stunning turn of events, as the arguable #1 fighter in the world was dropped for the first time in his career.  The knockdown did come close to the end of the round though.  Loma looked slightly jelly-legged when he got up, but recovered quickly and the fight moved on.

Linares, gaining confidence, looked great in the next 2 rounds, and he edged both out on my scorecard.  At that point, in the 8th, Lomachenko perhaps feeling a slight sense of urgency, turned on the jets, and went to that level of skilled boxing that only he can go to.  In the 9th round, it was more of the same, a pretty close round, but Loma started peppering Linares with little combinations as he often does.

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At the beginning of the 10th round, Linares was looking good, as he was still flashing great hand speed late in the fight, and actually connected on a few shots in the beginning of the round.  Towards the middle of the round, Loma would once again step in to that gear that only he can, and started knocking Linares’ head around with great combinations.  Linares put his hands high in a peek-a-boo guard, and thats when the damage really happened.  Linares, with his hands high, totally exposed his rib cage, and Lomachenko landed a devastating sweeping left right to the liver, which sent Linares down to the canvas writhing in pain.  Linares would get up at the count of 9, but the grimace on his face from the body shot told the referee that he was in too much pain from the punch, and the fight was stopped right there.  Lomachenko is now a 3 division world champion, and continues to be on top of the boxing world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, May 12th 2018, Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight titles against Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Graden in New York City NY, and will be live on ESPN at 8pm ET.  Lomachenko moves up in weight yet again to take on his toughest opponent to date in Linares.  Here is the breakdown & prediction:

JORGE LINARES

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Javier Prieto  —  Win, KO 4th round (12), 12/30/14.  (Won vacant WBC Lightweight title)
  • Anthony Crolla  —  Win, UD (12), 9/24/16.  (Won WBA & vacant TheRing Lightweight titles)
  • Luke Campbell  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 9/23/17.

 

VASYL LOMACHENKO

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight/Junior Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  65″

-Notable Fights

  • Gary Russel Jr  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 6/21/14.  (Won vacant WBO Featherweight title)
  • Rocky Martinez  —  Win, KO 5th round (12), 6/11/16.  (Won WBO Junior Lightweight title)
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 12/9/17.

 

PREDICTION:

Vasyl Lomachenko  —  def  —  Jorge Linares  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

The future looks bright for the sport of boxing, and in my opinion, the pound-for-pound list has more talent on it now, then it did even a mere 2 years ago.  So i thought to myself, if 2 years can make such a big difference, what will the pound-for-pound list look like 2 years from now in 2020.  Well, it will definitely look very interesting for sure, with superstars moving up in weight class, and the constant resurgence of the Heavyweights.  One heavyweight will actually make my list, even thought its kind of heard the believe.  Now that 2 spots on the list are opened, and aren’t being taken up by dead weight (Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao) we have many opportunities for other fighters to earn a spot on the list.

Lets face it, Mayweather was no longer a boxer towards the end of his career, he was more of a sports entertainer.  Pacquiao stayed on the list for so long due to respect, and all the difficult fights he had on his resume.  So without further ado, here is what I believe the pound for pound list will look like in 2 years, in the year 2020, going backwards from #10 to #1 along with their projected records:

10.  DEONTAY WILDER                                (projected record:  44 – 0 – 0, 42 KO’s)          

—  I was on the fence about putting a heavyweight on here, but Wilder will defeat Anthony Joshua in 2018 or 2019.  As for the rest of the Heavyweights, Wilder will keep blowing through them, and has a real chance at finishing his career with an undefeated record, due to being in a division with a lack of premier talent.

9.  SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI                    (projected record:  48 – 4 – 1, 42 KO’s)       

—  Even thought this is a low weight class, and punches are thrown by the dozens at a time, I still don’t see anyone matching this guys output.  If he can KO Roman Gonzalez, he can KO everyone in the division.  There are a few good fighters here, but no elite ones.  I don’t see him moving up in weight either, so Sor Rungvisai is safe of this list.

8.  OSCAR VALDEZ                                         (projected record:  27 – 0 – 0, 21 KO’s)

—   This guy is the truth.  There are doubters on him, but I’m completely sold.  He just got in the ring with his toughest opponent to date, fought 5 rounds with a broken jaw, and won.  Not only did he win, he made it look easier then it was.  Valdez will keep climbing this list as other get older.

7.  SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ                         (projected record:  51 – 2 – 2, 35 KO’s)

—  Win or lose against GGG in their rematch, Canelo stays on the list because he will have over 50 wins by age 30.  That is simply unheard of these days, and he can beat anyone at 154 or 160 thats not named Gennady Golovkin.  GGG also retires by this point.

6.  DMITRY BIVOL                                          (projected record:  17 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s)

—  His nickname should be “Poised.”  This guy is a student of the game if we’ve ever seen one.  Power and skills, with an extensive amateur pedigree.  He’s Russian, thats all that needs to be said.  Light Heavyweight is his!

5.  MIKEY GARCIA                                          (projected record:  41 – 0 – 1, 31 KO’s)

—  Mikey drops slightly on the list but is still on it.  He drops due to the fact that he’s always moving around in weight, while fighting the best possible opponents.  I don’t think he will, but he could possibly take a loss somewhere along the way, simply because he’s just too damn brave.  He also drops slightly by default, as other younger studs start moving up.  He is safe on the list though.

4.  ERROL SPENCE JR                                     (projected record:  26 – 1 – 0, 22 KO’s)

—  Spence would be #2 on this list if it wasn’t for his eventual disputed loss to Terence Crawford.  Whether it happens by 2020 or not, Crawford is arguably the best in the world, but Spence will defeat all other big names at Welterweight.

3.  NAOYA INOUE                                             (projected record:  19 – 0 – 0, 17 KO’s)

—  This guy is a monster.  Lomachenko keeps moving up further in weight, so unfortunalty I don’t see Loma VS Inoue happening.  Inoue can not only beat, but KO anyone in or around his eight class.

2.  VASYL LOMACHENKO                                 (projected record:  14 – 1 – 0, 11 KO’s)

—  I’m getting heat for not having him number 1, but Loma will stay at number 2 at east for now.  Crawford just wins too many belts, and that will be the difference.  I don’t think they will ever fight each other, but Loma is going through weight classes like water, so it might be possible.  So don’t consider Lomachenko #2, consider his #1A.

1.  TERENCE CRAWFORD                                 (projected record:  35 – 0 – 0, 25 KO’s)  

—  Terence Crawford will eventually do to 147, exactly what he did to 140.  He will clean out the division, and will every belt yet again.  This is what puts him slightly above Lomachenko, and is the difference between 1 & 2.  Skill wise they are different, but even.  Crawford however has that “unconscious state” that he goes in to.  It almost like he’s not real, and he just wants to destroy your soul.  He is simply the best in the world, but not by much.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE