By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
VASYL LOMACHENKO goes for a world title in a third weight on Saturday night.
And what a special clash it could be with WBA lightweight king Jorge Linares.
It is a mark of the man that the former WBO featherweight and super-featherweight champion is stepping up in weight and facing arguably the best at lightweight.
Lomachenko’s career so far has been bold, from fighting for a world title in just his second professional fight to now, as he goes up against Venezuelan banger Linares.
That is why – for me – he is the best active fighter on the planet at the moment. He shows no fear in taking on these challenges and he wins fights in style.
The Ukrainian, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, is ferocious and fast with fantastic footwork. He breaks opponents down then he breaks their hearts.
This is a fighter who has made feared super-featherweight Nicholas Walters quit while fellow pound-for-pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux couldn’t hack it with him in the ring.
Lomachenko’s rise has been so good he could go on to become one of the greatest fighters ever.
How far can he rise in weight? That remains to be seen but to be challenging to be a three-weight world champion in just his 12th professional fight is remarkable.
And what a fight it could be against Brit basher Linares, who is coming off the back of wins over Kevin Mitchell, Anthony Crolla (twice) and Luke Campbell.
This is set to be an explosive fight at Madison Square Garden.
Lomachenko will win for me and I’d be surprised if Linares can make it through 12 rounds.
This week we added another future star to our stable with the signing of the highly-skilled Willy Hutchinson.
The Scottish light-heavyweight won the 2016 world youth championships and we expect him to become a world champion in the professional ranks.
Linares v Lomachenko is live on BoxNation from midnight.