Does Vasiliy Lomachenko Deserve Moving Up In Pound-For-Pound Ranking?

Vasiliy Lomachenko clinched a dominating victory over Richard Commey on December 11 to rise as a top contender once again.

But did he perform just enough to recover the status that he had before losing to Teofimo Lopez?

Lomachenko was the betting favorite against Commey. Most boxing pundits were expecting him to win via knockout. While Loma was sublime on the night, he couldn’t wobble Commey just enough for the referee to stop the contest.

He almost got the finish in the seventh round, but Commey’s cornermen refused to throw in the towel.

After the end of 12 rounds, judges officiating the fight handed the Ukrainian star the win via unanimous decision.

According to former two-division champion and current ESPN boxing analyst, Timothy Bradley Jr., Lomachenko did just enough to be rated higher than welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in the pound-for-pound rankings.

“I moved Lomachenko to No. 8 over Spence because the inactivity of Spence over the last few years has been unpleasant,” Bradley explained. “Lomachenko, with another great performance, continues to dominate the top 10 competition in the lightweight division.”

Nick Parkinson opined that the 33-year-old needs to beat more top contenders to move up the P4P ladder.

“I kept Lomachenko at No. 8 on my list despite looking far more like himself than he did against Lopez,” Parkinson said.

“If there were any doubts about the Ukrainian’s reserves, they were erased by that performance. Lomachenko still has a big part to play in the ever-moving landscape at lightweight.”

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