The Lomachenko Question

By: Sean Crose He was said to be the future of the sport. His nickname was "High Tech," and his cerebral training routine, coupled with a stunning ability to turn an opponent, backed that nickname up. One fighter after another, some of them quite highly regarded, quit on the stool while facing the man. Throw in a stellar amateur career and there's little wonder why so many were in awe of the young Ukrainian. The truth is, Vasyl Lomachenko really was that good of a fighter. The question, of course, is whether or not Lomachenko is still that good. He lost his last bout, against rising Teofimo Lopez, last autumn. Now, on the eve of his return fight against towering lightweight Masayoshi Nakatani on Saturday evening, Lomachenko will get a chance to prove to the world his defeat at the gloved hands of Lopez was symbolic of nothing but an inability to press down on the gas early enough in the contest. For there's no doubt Lomachenko came on strong during the second half of the Lopez' match. Of course, Lomachenko made it clear afterward he thought he had won the fight, though most, including this author, respectfully disagreed. Still, many a great fighter has had a bad night. Futhermore, many a great fighter has faced an opponent who simply gives him fits (Ken Norton, for instance, was nothing but trouble for Muhammad Ali). Should Loma, as he's called, impress this weekend, should he look like the dazzling, nearly unstoppable fighter of old, much will be forgiven. It will also be harder for someone like Lopez to keep from meeting him in the ring once more. Again, however, Lomachenko must impress on Saturday. And, if Nakatani has something to say about it, the fight will become a long night at the office for High Tech. Not that a whole lot of people expect Nakatani, to win. Still, the Japanese fighter stands much taller than Lomachenko. He's also a natural fighter who has the instinct to simply throw down. Plus the kid has a ton of heart. All of these things can be problematic for someone returning to the ring for the first time since a highly publicized loss. Lomachenko is nothing if not a student of the sport. He may truly believe he won against Lopez, but there's little doubt he doesn't recognize where his performance could have been stronger. This match should be nothing if not interesting. The post The Lomachenko Question appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

The Lomachenko Question

By: Sean Crose

He was said to be the future of the sport. His nickname was "High Tech," and his cerebral training routine, coupled with a stunning ability to turn an opponent, backed that nickname up. One fighter after another, some of them quite highly regarded, quit on the stool while facing the man. Throw in a stellar amateur career and there's little wonder why so many were in awe of the young Ukrainian. The truth is, Vasyl Lomachenko really was that good of a fighter. The question, of course, is whether or not Lomachenko is still that good.

He lost his last bout, against rising Teofimo Lopez, last autumn. Now, on the eve of his return fight against towering lightweight Masayoshi Nakatani on Saturday evening, Lomachenko will get a chance to prove to the world his defeat at the gloved hands of Lopez was symbolic of nothing but an inability to press down on the gas early enough in the contest. For there's no doubt Lomachenko came on strong during the second half of the Lopez' match. Of course, Lomachenko made it clear afterward he thought he had won the fight, though most, including this author, respectfully disagreed.

Still, many a great fighter has had a bad night. Futhermore, many a great fighter has faced an opponent who simply gives him fits (Ken Norton, for instance, was nothing but trouble for Muhammad Ali). Should Loma, as he's called, impress this weekend, should he look like the dazzling, nearly unstoppable fighter of old, much will be forgiven. It will also be harder for someone like Lopez to keep from meeting him in the ring once more. Again, however, Lomachenko must impress on Saturday. And, if Nakatani has something to say about it, the fight will become a long night at the office for High Tech.

Not that a whole lot of people expect Nakatani, to win. Still, the Japanese fighter stands much taller than Lomachenko. He's also a natural fighter who has the instinct to simply throw down. Plus the kid has a ton of heart. All of these things can be problematic for someone returning to the ring for the first time since a highly publicized loss. Lomachenko is nothing if not a student of the sport. He may truly believe he won against Lopez, but there's little doubt he doesn't recognize where his performance could have been stronger. This match should be nothing if not interesting.

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By: Hans Themistode It was the matchup fans were hoping for. When Manny Pacquiao revealed to the boxing world that he was set to take on Errol Spence Jr. on August 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the only thing missing was the venue. Now, after working things out behind the scenes, their mega showdown officially has a location. T-Mobile Arena, which has hosted several huge boxing events including Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs and Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, will now play host to arguably the biggest fight of the year. Spence Jr., 31, will walk into his showdown against Pacquiao as the prohibited favorite. The betting public’s willingness to plunk down several dollars on the unified titlist is due to his recent track record. The Dallas native has simply mowed down the competition and has gone on to hand several former champion's one-sided losses such as Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia and most recently - Danny Garcia. Now, with the chance to face who he describes as a “living legend,” Spence has guaranteed that he will “retire" Pacquiao come fight night. But while the threats of Spence Jr. have irritated the fan base of the future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Pacquiao has merely shrugged off his meaningless words. Having stood on the sidelines since his split decision win over Keith Thurman in July of 2019, Pacquiao claims that he’s fresh, rejuvenated and ready to go. Although Pacquiao and Spence Jr. have spent numerous years fighting in front of a Vegas crowd, this will be the first time either man steps through the ropes at the T-Mobile Arena. With every wrinkle seemingly ironed out for their showdown, the only question mark that remains is whether or not their contest will be considered a unification bout. After dethroning Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao also picked up the WBA welterweight title that was in possession of Thurman. His championship status, however, was revoked earlier this year for his failure to defend his title in a timely fashion. The Filipino native was officially placed as “Champion in Recess” and Yordenis Ugas, then the WBA “Regular” belt holder, was elevated to full titleholder. Meaning, once Pacquiao decided to end his hiatus, he would be given the first crack at Ugas to regain his world title. Yet, as is always the case in boxing, the rules have seemingly gone out the window. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has recently come out and stated that in all likelihood, Pacquiao’s reinstatement as champion is the most probable option. Whether or not Pacquiao is in fact reinstated is yet to be seen. As for the current belt holder in Ugas, he’s set to also return to action in the co-main event on the night against an opponent yet to be named. The post T-Mobile Arena Officially Set To Host Manny Pacquiao Vs. Errol Spence Jr. appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

T-Mobile Arena Officially Set To Host Manny Pacquiao Vs. Errol Spence Jr.

By: Hans Themistode

It was the matchup fans were hoping for. When Manny Pacquiao revealed to the boxing world that he was set to take on Errol Spence Jr. on August 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the only thing missing was the venue. Now, after working things out behind the scenes, their mega showdown officially has a location.

T-Mobile Arena, which has hosted several huge boxing events including Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs and Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, will now play host to arguably the biggest fight of the year.

Spence Jr., 31, will walk into his showdown against Pacquiao as the prohibited favorite. The betting public’s willingness to plunk down several dollars on the unified titlist is due to his recent track record. The Dallas native has simply mowed down the competition and has gone on to hand several former champion's one-sided losses such as Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia and most recently - Danny Garcia.

Now, with the chance to face who he describes as a “living legend,” Spence has guaranteed that he will “retire" Pacquiao come fight night.

But while the threats of Spence Jr. have irritated the fan base of the future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Pacquiao has merely shrugged off his meaningless words. Having stood on the sidelines since his split decision win over Keith Thurman in July of 2019, Pacquiao claims that he’s fresh, rejuvenated and ready to go.

Although Pacquiao and Spence Jr. have spent numerous years fighting in front of a Vegas crowd, this will be the first time either man steps through the ropes at the T-Mobile Arena. With every wrinkle seemingly ironed out for their showdown, the only question mark that remains is whether or not their contest will be considered a unification bout.

After dethroning Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao also picked up the WBA welterweight title that was in possession of Thurman. His championship status, however, was revoked earlier this year for his failure to defend his title in a timely fashion. The Filipino native was officially placed as “Champion in Recess” and Yordenis Ugas, then the WBA “Regular” belt holder, was elevated to full titleholder. Meaning, once Pacquiao decided to end his hiatus, he would be given the first crack at Ugas to regain his world title.

Yet, as is always the case in boxing, the rules have seemingly gone out the window. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has recently come out and stated that in all likelihood, Pacquiao’s reinstatement as champion is the most probable option. Whether or not Pacquiao is in fact reinstated is yet to be seen.

As for the current belt holder in Ugas, he’s set to also return to action in the co-main event on the night against an opponent yet to be named.

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