Vasyl Lomachenko

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Vasyl Lomachenko
Василь Ломаченко
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Lomachenko in 2012
Statistics
Nickname(s) Hi-Tech
Rated at Featherweight
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Reach 165 cm (65 in)
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 27)
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi,
Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 6
Wins 5
Wins by KO 3
Losses 1

Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко; born 17 February 1988)[1] is a Ukrainian professional boxer and the current WBO featherweight champion. He is generally regarded as one of the most skilled fighters in boxing today as well as arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time.[2] As an amateur he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, a gold medal at both the 2009[3] and 2011 World Championships, and a gold medal at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Early life[edit]

A Ukrainian from the multi-ethnic port city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi in southern Ukraine, Lomachenko was coached by his father Anatoly from a young age. He 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, 11:16.

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.[4][5]

World Amateur Championships results[edit]

2007

2009[6]

  • 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.[7]

Professional career[edit]

After winning the second 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.[4]

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.[8][9][10]

Lomachenko vs. Russell, Jr.[edit]

On June 22, 2014, Lomachenko defeated 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.[11]

Lomachenko vs. Piriyapinyo[edit]

Lomachenko made his first title defense against mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand. This fight took place on the undercard of the Pacquiao vs. Algieri on HBO PPV bout. Lomachenko handled his opponent easily, hurting him a few times and scoring a knockdown at the end of the fourth round. In the seventh round, Lomachenko stopped using his left hand; it was later confirmed that he injured that hand. Lomachenko won a UD with the scores of 120-107 on all three of the judges' scorecards.

Lomachenko vs. Gamalier Rodriguez[edit]

Lomachenko successfully defeated Rodriguez via knockout in Round 9 on the under-card of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao [12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

6 fights, 5 wins (3 knockouts), 1 loss[13]
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
6 Win 5–1 Romulo Koasicha KO 10 (12), 2:35 Nov 7, 2015 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Retained WBO featherweight title
5 Win 4–1 Gamalier Rodriguez KO 9 (12), 0:50 May 2, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Retained WBO featherweight title
4 Win 3–1 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo UD 12 Nov 22, 2014 The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR Retained WBO featherweight title
3 Win 2–1 Gary Russell, Jr. MD 12 Jun 21, 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California, US Won vacant WBO featherweight title
2 Loss 1–1 Orlando Salido SD 12 Mar 1, 2014 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US For vacant WBO featherweight title
1 Win 1–0 Jose Ramirez TKO 4 (10), 2:55 Oct 12, 2013 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Won WBO International featherweight title
Professional debut

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Orlando Salido
WBO featherweight champion
June 21, 2014 – present
Incumbent