In a week where the top two fighters in the world compete for honors, the situation at the helm of the pound for pound list could change hands on Saturday night.
Seven days on from current king Gennady Golovkin defending his middleweight belts against Vanes Martirosyan in a one-sided affair, number two-rated Vasyl Lomachenko is able to overhaul the Kazakh with a victory over Jorge Linares in New York.
It’s a cruel twist for ‘GGG’ who lost out on a lucrative rematch with Canelo Alvarez in a contest that would have easily secured his position if victorious. Now, Lomachenko could force a change at the top for the first time since September of 2017.
With Lomachenko ranked two and Linares currently at nine, there would be no doubting the position of the Ukrainian following what would be a world title at three separate weight classes in just twelve contests.
It would represent an unprecedented feat for ‘Hi-Tech’ following on from his ‘No-Mas-Chenko’ triumph over the much smaller Guillermo Rigondeaux last year.
Many thought Loma would be handed the reigns with that win, although the sheer size difference afforded to the 30 year-old meant not enough kudos was awarded from the stoppage.
Taking down the seasoned Linares in effectively what is an alien division to Lomachenko would easily be enough to see the amateur legend translate his unpaid success to the pro ranks.
1 Gennady Golovkin
2 Vasyl Lomachenko
3 Terence Crawford
4 Mikey Garcia
5 Anthony Joshua
6 Canelo Alvarez
7 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
8 Naoya Inoue
9 Jorge Linares
10 Keith Thurman