Super-featherweight world champion and pound for pound star Vasyl Lomachenko was presented with his World Boxing News Fighter of the Year Award for 2016 from promoter Bob Arum on Sunday.
The 29 year-old won the crown, voted for solely by WBN readers, with 37 percent of the vote, having enjoyed a stellar year with stoppage victories over ex-world title holders Roman Martinez and Nicholas Walters.
Lomachenko also claimed the KO of 2016 nod for his fifth round KO of Martinez in June as the Ukrainian amateur legend made it seven wins from eight pro bouts and became a two-weight ruler.
All but Lomachenko’s debut fight have been contested for world titles, and on April 8, the impressive southpaw attempts to unify a division for the first time against Jason Sosa before moving up to lightweight.
Currently ranked number six in the WBN P4P Top 50, Lomachenko is widely tipped to be a number one of the near future as he vies for recognition alongside the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez, Andre Ward and Terence Crawford.
Should ‘Loma’ be able to defeat Sosa and secure a third weight world title by his tenth fight, his case for being labelled the planet’s best fighter could become too good to ignore.
Right now, it’s all about Sosa in Maryland in the spring, which could mean a third championship in just nine outings for Lomachenko.