Vasyl Lomachenko

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Vasyl Lomachenko
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Vasyl Lomachenko
Statistics
Real name Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко
Nickname(s) Hi-Tech
Rated at Featherweight
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1988-02-17) February 17, 1988 (age 26)
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 3
Wins 2
Wins by KO 1
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко; born February 17, 1988)[1] is a Ukrainian professional boxer who is the current WBO Featherweight champion. He won the silver medal at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, gold medals at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships[2] and 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, as well as the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the featherweight division and 2012 London Olympics in the lightweight division.

Early life[edit]

Coached by his father Anatoly, Lomachenko claims that if his father had not been a boxing coach he probably would have chosen to play ice hockey professionally.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

At the World Championships 2007 in Chicago he beat Abner Cotto in the first round, Theodoros Papazov, Arturo Santos Reyes, and Li Yang in the semifinal to reach a fight against Russian favorite Albert Selimov, another southpaw, to whom he lost, 12:16.

Lomachenko won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He avenged his 2007 World Championship defeat by Selimov in the first round. Lomachenko beat his five opponents by an astonishing 58-13 on the way to his first gold medal, and was subsequently named the outstanding boxer for the tournament and awarded the Val Barker Trophy.

In 2012 London Olympics he won his second consecutive Gold Medal. He defeated Han Soon-Chul of South Korea in the final by 19-9.

Lomachenko finished his amateur career with a career record of 396-1, with only loss, to Albert Selimov, avenged twice.[3][4]

World Amateur Championships Results[edit]

2007

2009[5]

  • Defeated Mario Aleksic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 16-2
  • Defeated Craig Evans (Wales) 15-1
  • Defeated Branimir Stankovic (Serbia) 8-2
  • Defeated Oscar Valdez (Mexico) 12-1
  • Defeated Sergey Vodopyanov (Russia) 12-1

2011

Olympic Games Results[edit]

2008

2012

European Championships Results[edit]

2008

  • Defeated Vladimir Nikiforov (Estonia) 10-0
  • Defeated David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) 10-2
  • Defeated Hicham Ziouti (France) 2-1
  • Defeated Araik Ambartsumov (Russia) 7-1.[6]

Professional career[edit]

After winning the gold medal, Lomachenko made the decision to turn pro. After meeting with several fight promoters, Lomachenko signed a contract to fight for Top Rank. Lomachenko made his professional debut in United States 12 October 2013 as part of the undercard to the Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez main event defeating Mexican fighter José Ramirez with a fourth round knockout.[3]

Lomachenko vs. Salido[edit]

Lomachenko's bid to make history by winning a world championship in his second fight and break Saensak Muangsurin's record ended in failure. He challenged Orlando Salido for the featherweight World Boxing Organization's title. However, Lomachenko shied from engaging Salido throughout most of the fight, something that his opponent exploited. A late surge, which saw him injure Salido in the final round, was unable to change the final result as Salido won via twelfth round split decision.

Boxing magazines mentioned the conduct of the referee, Salido's dirty boxing and weight issues that are outlined in Orlando Salido vs. Vasyl Lomachenko controversy as contributing factors to Lomachenko's loss.[7][8][9]

Lomachenko vs. Russell, Jr.[edit]

On June 22, 2014, Lomachenko bested Gary Russell, Jr. via twelve round majority decision to win the vacant WBO Featherweight Title. In doing so he joined Saensak Muangsurin as the fastest fighter to win a world title, accomplishing the feat in just his third professional bout.[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

2 Wins (1 knockout, 1 decision), 1 Loss, 0 Draws[11]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 2-1 United States Gary Russell, Jr. MD 12 2014-06-21 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California Won vacant WBO Featherweight title.
Loss 1-1 Mexico Orlando Salido SD 12 2014-03-01 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas For vacant WBO Featherweight title.
Win 1-0 Mexico Jose Ramirez KO 4 (10), 2:59 2013-10-12 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Professional debut.
Won WBO International Featherweight Title.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Orlando Salido
Stripped
WBO Featherweight Champion
June 21, 2014 – present
Incumbent