Lomachenko: Crawford is Boxing's Best Fighter, Pound-for-Pound

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Guillermo Rigondeaux doesn’t consider Vasyl Lomachenko the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in boxing.

The unbeaten Cuban called Lomachenko “a great fighter,” but isn’t convinced the unusually skilled Ukrainian southpaw has earned that distinction. Rigondeaux isn’t overly concerned about those debates and essentially said those mythical titles are for fans and media to decide.

That’s not particularly surprising since Rigondeaux understandably considers himself to be an unbeatable, elite talent and expects to beat Lomachenko in their 12-round, 130-pound title fight Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden (ESPN; 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST).


But Lomachenko doesn’t consider himself boxing’s pound-for-pound champion, either.

“No, I don’t think so,” Lomachenko told a group of reporters through a translator before an open workout Wednesday at Mendez Boxing Gym.

The 29-year-old Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), who owns the WBO super featherweight title, later stated that he considers Terence Crawford the best active boxer in the world.

“If you’re talking about pound-for-pound, No. 1,” Lomachenko said, “on my list it’s Crawford.”

The 30-year-old Crawford cleaned out the junior welterweight division earlier this year before giving up the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO 140-pound championships to move up to welterweight. The WBO has since installed him as the No. 1 contender to its 147-pound champion, Jeff Horn.

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraksa, is expected to face the winner of a December 13 bout between Australia’s Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) and England’s Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs) sometime early in 2018. ranks Crawford at No. 1 and Lomachenko at No. 4 on its pound-for-pound list. ranks Lomachenko at No. 2 and Crawford at No. 3 on its list. The Ring magazine has Crawford at No. 2 and Lomachenko at No. 3.

Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is ranked No. 1 pound-for-pound by both and The Ring.

Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC), the WBA super bantamweight champion, is ranked No. 6 by, No. 7 by and No. 4 by The Ring.

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 HI-TECH Boxing on 12-09-2017

Lomachenko will never say he is the best. That's just not him. People can say he is arrogant but he is not. That's why I'm a huge fan of the guy. Not just because of his skills. I like his…

Comment by Sheldon312 on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=Mirus;18316397]Level of competition? What will you say if he beats Thurman and Spence?[/QUOTE] Then I will have no problem ranking him number 1 p4p

Comment by Mirus on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=Sheldon312;18314606]He hasn't for anyone on the level of competition that Floyd and Ward fought. Boxing is the only sport where eye test Trump's actual competition[/QUOTE] Level of competition? What will you say if he beats Thurman and Spence?

Comment by mcdonalds on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=Chunk..;18315238]If you're black you're gonna think Crawford's better.[/QUOTE] are you american?

Comment by Julia Slobberts on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;18315110]Oh ok...keep telling yourself that[/QUOTE] Dang, you get upset pretty easily...

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