Vasyl Lomachenko passed his minor league test against Miguel Marriaga with flying colors last Saturday night in stopping him at the end of the 7th round. However, Lomachenko’s punching power or lack thereof was exposed by the Colombian Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs), who had little problems taking Lomachenko’s hardest punches in their bout at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
In the end, Lomachenko hit Marriaga with shots from seemingly every angle in the 7th round that had him confused and helpless to stop the incoming. Marriaga’s corner decided to stop the fight.
Lomachenko is not going to go far once he moves up in weight to the lightweight division and starts facing guys with power that can expose him. Lomachenko is too weak for him to beat the power guys at 135 like Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. in my opinion. As far as Lomachenko beating light welterweight champion Terence Crawford, it’s not happening. Crawford would blow Lomachenko out of the water with his power advantage.
While it’s true that Lomachenko did get a knockout win over Marriaga, you can argue the only reason he did was because Marriaga was too hesitant to throw return shots back to make Lomachenko afraid to get hit.
The positives in Lomachenko’s win were easy to point out:
– He has superb boxing skills
– Extraordinary talent
– Excellent chin
– Decent enough defensive skills
– Good combination puncher
The negatives of Lomachenko’s game are as follows:
– Lacks punching power at 130
– Showboats too much
– Easy to hit at times due to his showboating
– Carries fighters too much rather than putting them away
Lomachenko is in no danger of his promoters at Top Rank putting him in with a guy bigger than him lie Mikey Garcia soon.
“For me it doesn’t matter,” Lomachenko said. “I will fight anybody. I want to fight, and I want to unify titles. [If I fight] Rigondeaux I think it looks the same as [the fight with Marriaga]. It is not my job [to find opponents]. My job is to work my best boxing in the ring.”