Lomachenko: GGG Is Pound-for-Pound Best
Ukranian champion Vasyl Lomachenko is skyrocketing up the pound-for-pound list after less than a dozen professional fights, having captured world titles in multiple weight classes. Lomachenko is yet to put himself as the top fighter in the world, however: he reserves that title for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Lomachenko was a special guest on ‘A Los Golpes’ and was asked to provide his personal list of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. The two-time Olympic gold medal winner topped off the list with WBC, WBA, IBO, IBF middleweight champion Golovkin, who returns this Saturday night in a mandatory defense against Daniel Jacobs at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Number two on his list was former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who lost a close and controversial unanimous decision to Andre Ward in December. It’s no secret that Lomachenko believes Kovalev was robbed of a win. He felt Kovalev had won eight rounds out of twelve.
Coming in at number three on his list is WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who is scheduled to return on a date in May – with Felix Diaz and Adrian Granados mentioned as potential candidates to fight him.
Number four on the list is eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who returned last November after a short-lived retirement to win a twelve round decision over Jessie Vargas to capture the WBO welterweight title.
And number five is WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, who is back in full forced after easily demolishing Dejan Zlaticanin earlier this year with a vicious knockout. Garcia is very interested in facing Lomachenko – if the talented boxer from Ukraine moves up to lightweight.
Excluded from his top five is WBC super flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, who is recognized by most experts as the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world, but many pundits have shifted that opinion after Gonzalez struggled to beat Carlos Cuadras last September. Also excluded is Ward, who defeated Kovalev, but Lomachenko – as noted earlier – believes Kovalev was the clear winner and got robbed by the judges. Lomachenko and Kovalev also share the same manager in Egis Klimas.