When I was 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I was 21, I was astonished by how much the old man had learned in 7 years.
Now 31, and a man of fatherhood, I’m amazed by how much Vasily Lomachenko (13-1, 10KOs) has learned about himself over these last 7 years.
Embued arrogance in his wake as “The Matrix”, he at once took his 396-1, 2x’s Olympic Gold standard and slammed it on the desk of “The Bobfather” like a Top Rank boss, demanding Mikey Garcia and world championship heights in fight #1.
He only wanted to deal with masters, seeing himself as The Master, while abandoning the thought of ever again being anyone’s apprentice. Even as the apprentice crowns himself as master, to wit.
“At the end of the day, who is Lomachenko to me,” asked an arrogant Teofimo Lopez of Max Kellerman, on his upgraded The Fight Game witn Jim Lampley show entitled “Max on Boxing”.
Then, there was…
“There’s three or four ways to beat Lomachenko.”
Odd. Considering he’s once beaten in nearly 400 amateur matches having avenged this like an “End Game” superhero; while in 14 divine contests as a pro, only an unnaturally demonic featherweight in Orlando Salido was able to master an unknowing apprentice; opting to cower in the wake of a rematch, when the optics said he would meet his maker. He’s never forgotten being mocked by an ascendant conqueror of a common opponent in January 2017.
Someone, who called himself “The One” for spite.
Face first anything, and it’s most likely going to focus on anyone who sees them as last. In Loma’s mind the other night, he was whooping dual-headed Teofimo Lopez/Gervonta “Tank” Davis ass.
Anthony Crolla could not have known this, for it would’ve taken a dragon to slay the royal purple and sun emblazoned dragon he didn’t know he was facing. How could he have known he was confronting the ring equivalent of an 81 point scoring Kobe Bryant at Staples Center?
Bolstered by promoter Eddie Hearn and a magic carpet of redemption over near tragedy, Crolla aimed to shock the world and 100 to 1 Vegas stakes with a wink.
Odds saying, “You should quit.”
Loma saying, “Fuck your life.”
With ruthless abandon in round 4, and all of the malice of a callous ring general sowed in revenge, Loma reintroduced Crolla to a near fatal cinderblock accident with a sweeping anchor-like right hook landed with sudden impact and that was that.
This, after being primed and stalked by an alpha wolf in the three rounds prior; urinating on the tree that was Crolla, leaving a distinct scent as a warning to Richard Commey for sure, but especially for “Tank” Davis and Teo Lopez.
The punch was so violent and merciless it shattered his hand; but equally astounding is that it generated no discernable reaction of pain, brought on by the focused mindset of a master. As if to say:
I’m a 💎 in the rough/ a master ‘sho nuff/ I’m here wit a purpose y’all it ain’t worth it to call my bluff
Manny Pacquiao was face planted by arch nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez to end his preeminence. Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward by retirement. As Tiger Woods prowled Augusta….
…to remind the world of greatness incarnate, Loma still seeks green pasteurs of legend ventured outside of his super featherweight best, in search of lightweight mastery, still, of a lightweight best Mikey Garcia.
They say whenever the student is ready the master appears. Class is in session.