At this point, the only reason to watch Lomachenko is to appreciate the sweet science. Because the uncompetitive nature of his fights would otherwise induce boredom, Lomachenko is now becoming a performer – fighting with his hands down and showboating in the manner of a prime Roy Jones, Jr. What many less talented fighters have been able to do on sheer heavy-handed punching power, Lomachenko is doing on pure athleticism.
Jim Lampley commented that Lomachenko does things fluidly that other fighters have never even thought of. As if the thinking preceeded the doing. The reverse is true: what he “thinks” to do in the ring is preceeded by the knowledge that he is athletically capable of doing what needs to be done. Indeed, the general rule of thumb in predicting outcomes is to compare and contrast the physical attributes of fighters. Very rarely are fighters so even physically that pure skill determines the outcome.
Lomachenko is as technically sound as it comes, but what separates him from his competition is that he is an athlete first, boxer second. It is hard to imagine that Lomachenko's most recent opponent would pursue a career in a sport other than boxing. Lomachenko on the other hand, with his quickness of feet, he seems well suited to soccer. One of his idols, Roy Jones, is a great basketball player.
Much is made about the idea that Lomachenko “outclassed” Gary Russell, Jr. Actually, once again, it was the physical attributes of these fighters that made the difference. Russell was shorter, had shorter arms, but much slower feet. Russell's hand speed was greater than Lomachenko's, but it made no difference because his feet were too slow for him to be in position to land.
In Lomachenko's case, is a technical breakdown of his fights really a worthwhile pursuit when he has quicker hands and feet, the faster reflexes, no question of his punch resistance, and adequate punching power such that his opponent does not feel comfortable being very aggressive? How does his opponent win?