Lomachenko: Best CompuBox Rating Since Mayweather

If Vasyl Lomachenko looks like the most impressive fighter in the world, the numbers back him up: with his latest win, Lomachenko becomes CompuBox’s highest rated active fighter, and his numbers are the best since Floyd Mayweather Jr.

CompuBox provides a Plus/Minus differential, which factors the boxer’s percentage of punches landed minus the percentage of punches landed on them. Lomachenko’s rating of +20.9 is the most impressive since Mayweather’s rating of +24.5.

For context, here is the top 10 fighters in the world according to the Plus/Minus rating:

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (+20.9)
  2. Gennady Golovkin (+15.1)
  3. Andre Ward (+15.1)
  4. Erislandy Lara (+14.4)
  5. Naoya Inoue (+14)
  6. Terence Crawford (+12.1)
  7. Lamont Peterson (+11.7)
  8. Juan Francisco Estrada (+11.6)
  9. Roman Gonzalez (+11.6)
  10. Adrien Broner (+11)

Lomachenko also ranks as the most impressive fighter from a strictly defensive standpoint, even higher than Guillermo Rigondeaux, who is known as a mastermind of avoiding strikes. The following numbers represent the percentage of punches connected against the boxer in question:

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (16.1%)
  2. Guillermo Rigondeaux (16.8%)
  3. Erislandy Lara (19.1%)
  4. Terence Crawford (20.9%)
  5. Juan Francisco Estrada (21.3%)
  6. Arthur Abraham (21.5%)
  7. Naoya Inoue (21.9%)
  8. Andre Ward (22%)
  9. Wladimir Klitschko (22.3%)
  10. Carlos Cuadras (22.4%)

While numbers only tell a percentage of a fighter’s story, Lomachenko’s numbers are remarkable because of the style of fighting he implements. While boxers like Rigondeaux and Mayweather are often criticized for being too defensive and refusing to engage with opponents, Lomachenko is elusive while remaining ultra-aggressive.

As Jim Lampley said minutes before Lomachenko knocked out Roman Martinez in June, the Ukranian pro "swims without getting wet."

In his latest masterclass, Lomachenko shut down dangerous puncher Nicholas Walters, making the Jamaican slugger quit on his stool after seven lopsided rounds.

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