Arum: Lomachenko Was No. 1 P4P Even Before 'Chocolatito' Lost

By Keith Idec

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s recent loss didn’t affect the top of Bob Arum’s pound-for-pound list.

Vasyl Lomachenko’s promoter had Lomachenko at the top of his list all along. When the previously unbeaten Gonzalez lost a controversial majority decision to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on March 18 at Madison Square Garden, Arum merely considered it validation for what he had been saying since Lomachenko’s dominant performances in technical knockout victories over Rocky Martinez and Nicholas Walters last year.

“For me, it doesn’t change anything,” Arum told “Because I believe that Lomachenko is one of the greatest fighters that I’ve ever seen, just an unbelievable talent. And the fact that ‘Chocolatito’ wins or loses a fight doesn’t change that perception. I know what you’re saying – that because he lost the fight he drops down from No. 1 and that elevates Lomachenko.

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“But as far as I’m concerned, it’s the same as it was before that fight. I think Lomachenko is just a beauty to watch. It’s unbelievable for me to watch his fights. … I’m all in as far as my praise for Lomachenko. I’ve never seen anything like this, never seen a guy with the talent he has.”

Ukraine’s Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) is scheduled to defend his WBO world super featherweight championship against Camden, New Jersey, native Jason Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Oxon Hill, Maryland. HBO will televise their 12-round fight, in which Lomachenko is a 25-1 favorite, as the main event of a “World Championship Boxing” tripleheader from MGM National Harbor, a new casino & resort just outside of Washington, D.C.

Lomachenko appreciates Arum’s praise, but the unusually skilled southpaw said during a recent conference call that he “probably” won’t consider himself the No. 1 fighter, pound-for-pound, in boxing until he moves up from 130 pounds to 135 and beats “a couple more” champions in the lightweight division. A Lomachenko-Mikey Garcia fight at lightweight clearly would generate a lot of interest now that Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), the newly crowned WBC world lightweight champion, has re-established himself as one of the best boxers in the world following a 30-month layoff., and The Ring magazine all had Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) ranked No. 1 before the former WBC world super flyweight champion lost to Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs).

BoxingScene’s pound-for-pound rankings haven’t been updated since Gonzalez lost, but now ranks middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) at No. 1, Lomachenko at No. 3 and Gonzalez at No. 5. The Ring ranks light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) at No. 1, Gonzalez at No. 4 and Lomachenko at No. 6.

Prior to Gonzalez’s loss, ranked Lomachenko at No. 5. The Ring had him in the No. 6 spot in its previous poll as well.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 04-05-2017

[QUOTE=Suavecito80;17568060]Who said he was the best ever you freaking dunce? You are the only one in those threads :lol1: trying to discredit at every turn. I don't like boxing? GTFO you freaking peasant. I have been watching boxing since I…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 04-05-2017

[QUOTE=Suavecito80;17568060]Who said he was the best ever you freaking dunce? You are the only one in those threads :lol1: trying to discredit at every turn. I don't like boxing? GTFO you freaking peasant. I have been watching boxing since I…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 04-05-2017

He needs to beef up his resume for that. Skills wise there is no one better. If I was the type of guy that cried I would shed a tear watching Loma fight. The **** is genuinely beautiful lol.

Comment by Suavecito80 on 04-05-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;17567963]Loma is better than Roman. To you, a poor crazy nica fan boy, Roman is the best ever, so your opinion is worthless. You don't like boxing, all you guys from Nicaragua only are in the threads of their god…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 04-05-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;17566819]Estrada fight was in 108 pounds, i.d.i.o.t And Gary is on the same level than Cuadras.[/QUOTE] No he is not. And 2nd how would you even know??? Gary retires after like every fight....

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