By Tré Berry III🖊️ | 10/12/2020
A classic saying, with a bit of a twist to it – “never judge the man by his words, but in the action he carries out in accordance to those words”, and when you look at the plight of 3-weight Champion 🥇🥇🇺🇦Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko’s journey towards chasing the dream of becoming Undisputed World Champion, just look at his last 5 fights (including this upcoming one with Teofimo) to get the answers that you seek where his immediate introduction to the Lightweight division was against the Champion of the division 🇻🇪Jorge Linares to take the RING and WBA title to form the start of a brand new era.
LOMACHENKO’S LIGHTWEIGHT JOURNEY
Immediately following, Lomachenko fought for the WBO Title against 🇵🇷Jose Pedraza. In between he was forced to address mandatory obligations, so he faced a former World Titlist as a mandatory in 🇬🇧Anthony Crolla. Subsequently, he and the supremely skilled Gold-Medalist 🥇🇬🇧Luke Campbell went for the big WBC prize, and following will be to try and pair the IBF belt with the rest of the hardware he holds in his upcoming fight against 🇺🇸Teofimo “Takeover” Lopez coming up.
There goes a 5-fight consecutive bracket for Hi-Tech since his introduction to the Lightweight division, with 5 World Titles on the table, and 4 of those fights being for at least one of those belts, with a mandatory taken to avoid being stripped, earning 4 titles within a 4-fight span – that right there speaks to the seriousness of “The Matrix” lofty ambitions.
If it were all up to Lomachenko, void of the politics getting in the way of progress, then he could’ve possibly been sitting at this current juncture with 12 World Titles in his possession, a ♛2X Lineal Champion, as well as a 2X Undisputed World Champion by rampaging through his way of all belt holders willing to step up to the plate for the big challenge.
Unfortunately as is well chronicled, he was heavily avoided (no need to mention names, we know the history), especially at ⚖️126 and ⚖️130 to where he couldn’t get the fights that he wanted, so as dominant a Champion as he was at those weights, he couldn’t unify titles because no one was willing to step in with him to unify, doing what was possible to avoid the risk of embarrassment or career setback that has been associated through Lomachenko’s most jarring performances.
Though the reluctance of certain fighters to come forth for fights in Lomachenko’s natural weight class, it has been an impressive journey how he has been navigating in the Lightweight division, a division that categorically is too high for his bodyframe, being the smaller guy in every match-up in both 📏height and natural weight, with the shorter reach, which puts him at a natural disadvantage, yet he is so skilled, he is able to navigate comfortably in uncomfortable waters.
Despite having those physical shortcomings at the weight, he also had to endure a shoulder injury in the 🇻🇪Jorge Linares fight, and to fight off the hesitation in using his right shoulder in the 🇵🇷Jose Pedraza fight, to utilize his best punch, which is the sweeping right hook – and still all 4 of his Lightweight fights featured all of the moments pictured below against top quality opposition, emerging victorious in all 4 contests.
The deeply talented Lightweight pool has been a blessing for Loma to have the opportunity to get what he wants, and for boxing fans in wide abundance, who rightfully feels frustration come about whenever top draw talent in a couple other divisions are reluctant to face one another, but it is happening at this current time in the Lightweight division, evidenced by the match-ups Lomachenko was able to get, as well as getting an unofficial tournament out of it sorted to where those who participated is likewise on the same page trying to march toward a berth in history by facing each other.
As a competitor, that’s all you can ask for, and for Vasiliy, he is like a kid in a candy store as he is actually getting call-outs in some quarters (Teofimo being one of them, and now holding something that Vasiliy wants, which made this fight much easier to sign), making the prospects of these fights happening much greater, with those aspiring boxers looking at Lomachenko as the clear cut 🏆mega-prize toward their own ascension.
PERSONAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Lomachenko throughout his 2 ½ decades in boxing has put together an outstanding overall resume, one that has him boasting a ridiculous 416-2-0 overall record when you combine his historic amateur run, and his fast meteoric ascension through the elite level at the professional ranks.
Attached to Vasiliy’s name is 📍2 consecutive ◯◯◯◯◯ Olympic 🥇Gold-Medals, 3 Gold-Medals in Amateur World Championship Tournaments (one being of the Junior level variety), 2 European Amateur Championships / while becoming a 3-division World Champion as a professional, being the quickest to win a Title in each ⚖️weight category, while thus far winning 6 World Titles and being the quickest as well in obtaining ALL of those Titles in boxing history.
With all of those big stage accomplishments to his ledger, his upcoming fight may be his most meaningful opportunity (a case could be made for his 1st Olympic Gold) for what he covets most, and that’s to be in his words “The Absolute Champion“, becoming an Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World. Well, now the stage on that journey is set, and Lomachenko is understanding of where this would 📈catapult his already historic plight, and he is well aware of what he has to go through in order to get there. This should be a great fight coming up against Teofimo with all the chips on the table.