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Robert Garcia: Lomachenko is Pound For Pound Number One

By Ryan Burton

Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV - Shortly after Vasyl Lomachenko's seven round thrashing of Nicholas Walters in a HBO televised main event, elite trainer Robert Garcia spoke to BoxingScene.com about the 28-year-old phenomenon.

Prior to the fight, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Andre Ward had been considered the top two fighters in the world. In their most recent fights both men won close decision victories that some observers felt could have been scored draws or even gone the other way.

Given the dominant fashion of Lomachenko's victory, Garcia believes an argument could be made that he is the top fighter in the world pound for pound.

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"I think so [that Lomachenko is pound for pound number one]. I would say that. Skills wise ain't nobody better than him honestly. He's the real deal skills wise. I think Walters should have tested him a little more but to me he didn't even try," Garcia told BoxingScene.com.

Lomachenko compiled an amateur record of 396-1 with Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. He is now 7-1 as a professional with 5 knockouts.

Lomachenko captured his first world title in June of 2014, dominating former US Olympian Gary Russell to win his in his third pro bout. He matched Saensak Muangsurin's record for fewest fights needed to win a world championship.

The only blemish on his pro record was a loss to Mexico's Orlando Salido in Lomachenko's second professional fight -- when the vacant WBO featherweight title on the line.

It was an embarrassing first defeat for Walters as his decision to quit in the middle of the fight dropped his record to 26-1-1 with 21 knockouts.

Lomachenko said after the bout that he next wants to fight WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Holystroke3 on 11-29-2016

[QUOTE=inidouh;17236249]I can only assume that the "someone else" you're referring to is Crawford. But Crawford has had way more competitive fights than Lomo. I give credit where and when it's due and Lomo seems to be the real deal but…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 11-28-2016

Yep, he is. And is a Lot better than Gonz√°lez that definitely is not the #1.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=koolbreez12;17236070]You must be trolling. But nonetheless, he's talking about Roman "Chocolatito"[/QUOTE] No I wasn't there's 40 million fighters named Gonzalez but ok cool thanks ive heard of him just havent watched ill check him out

Comment by HAY-B on 11-27-2016

I don't agree with Robert. I think Lomo is a fantastic and dynamic boxer with excellent foot work and a sound understanding of how to attack his opponents at the appropriate angle and get off his shots while simultaneously positioning…

Comment by TRTboy on 11-27-2016

Skillwise i agree. He is the most complete fighter not only today but maybe ever? Usually defensive fighters try to limit action, Loma is right in your face and is almost impossible to hit clean. And when he wants he…

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