Marriaga Attempts the Impossible vs. Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko (-750) vs. Miguel Marriaga (+550), Draw (+2500)

After only nine professional fights, Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) is already being heralded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing. He’s clearly one of the most technically proficient boxers the sport has ever seen, and his creativity and mastery over his craft cannot be denied. But he hasn’t been truly tested yet.

For his next fight, many were expecting a formidable opponent, someone who could truly put “The Matrix” to the test. The undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux, one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time alongside Lomachenko, was a potential fight fans wanted to see. Or perhaps a rematch against Orlando Salido, who controversially defeated Lomachenko in a fight riddled with low blows and fouls.

But both of those fights failed to materialize, and so Lomachenko will be facing Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) on August 5th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Miguel who?

Marriaga wasn’t the opponent we all had in mind. He’s a little-known former title contender coming off a loss to Oscar Valdez. Had the fight been close then maybe this match-up would’ve made sense, but the judges gave the fight to Valdez by a huge margin (119-108, 118-109, 116-111).

Before that, Marriaga suffered his first defeat at the hands of Nicholas Walters back in 2015. When Lomachenko faced Walters late last year, he effortlessly picked the Jamaican slugger apart, prompting Walters to retire after only six rounds.

That should tell you all you need to know about this fight. Nicholas Walters made easy work of Miguel Marriaga (118-109, 117-110, 119-108); and Lomachenko hardly broke a sweat retiring Walters.

I don’t want to be too harsh on Marriaga. He’s a talented boxer and decent power hitter. But against Vasyl Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time, he doesn’t stand much of a chance.

Over nine professional fights, he’s elevated the sport of boxing. His technique is fresh and cutting edge, and his ability to pick his opponents apart is unrivaled. Maybe that’s just because his opponents so far haven’t been world-class fighters. But until that day, just sit back and watch the Lomachenko Show.

Pick: Vasyl Lomachenko (-750)

Eaton Thatcher

Eaton used to write for MTS predominantly about boxing but also about soccer, football, tennis and basketball.

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