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Any rumors of former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko's demise have been greatly exaggerated.  

Lomachenko (16-0, 11 KOs), a former three-division champion, reminded anyone in need of convincing just how close to his physical prime at age 33 he remains. The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine succeeded last Saturday in so thoroughly dominating former 135-pound champion Richard Commey that Lomachenko was pleading to the referee to stop the fight.  

The victory was the second straight for Lomachenko since his 2020 upset loss to Teofimo Lopez Jr., a fight in which hindsight might tell us Lopez overachieved on the same night Lomachenko took a bit too long to make his second-half adjustment. Lopez's recent shocking defeat at the hands of upstart George Kambosos Jr. turned the power structure upside down at 135 pounds, making Lomachenko as dangerous a threat as ever to unifying titles.

Lomachenko was crisp and brilliant against Commey, which the oddsmakers expected in making him a big favorite. But it was the swagger Lomachenko employed and his commitment toward being more physical in the clinch that provided a nasty edge to the process.

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This was Lomachenko activating his former persona of "NoMasChenko" for the first time in more than two years. Although Commey ultimately finished the fight in a wide decision defeat, Lomachenko's demeanor suggested he was looking to make a point.  

Lomachenko's shift towards presenting a bigger presence on the inside could be the genius tactician doing his best to offset his inevitable physical decline considering his style is so dependent upon speed and reaction time.  

Should he be unable to draw title bouts against Kambosos or WBC titleholder Devin Haney, Lomachenko just might find himself with an opportunity one division lower against unbeaten junior lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson. Both fighters are promoted by Bob Arum and Top Rank.

Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Dropped out: Teofimo Lopez Jr.

Honorable mention: Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Yordenis Ugas, Roman Gonzalez