Vasyl Lomachenko

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Vasyl Lomachenko
Василь Ломаченко
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Lomachenko in 2012
Statistics
Real name Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko
Nickname(s) Hi-Tech
Rated at
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Reach 165 cm (65 in)
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 28)
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi,
Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 7
Wins 6
Wins by KO 4
Losses 1

Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional boxer.[1] He has held the WBO junior lightweight title since June 2016, having previously held the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2016. Known for his excellent hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity and lateral movement, Lomachenko is one of the most highly rated fighters in boxing today, as well as arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time.[2] Competing in the featherweight and lightweight divisions as an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, consecutive golds at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and consecutive golds at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Early life[edit]

A Russian-speaking 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.[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]

Featherweight[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.[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 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.[10]

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. Rodriguez, Koasicha[edit]

Lomachenko successfully defeated Gamalier Rodriguez via knockout in Round 9 on the under-card of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao.[11]

Lomachenko returned on the Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios under-card on HBO. He overwhelmed, dominated and stopped Romulo Koasicha in the tenth round on a body shot.[12]

Super Featherweight[edit]

Lomachenko vs. Martinez[edit]

Following a third successful defense, Lomachenko, still the reigning WBO featherweight champion decided to move up weight to super featherweight to challenge Roman 'Rocky' Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) for his WBO super featherweight title on June 11 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. Lomachenko became the fastest boxer to win a world title in two weight divisions knocking out Martinez in the 5th round of the world title fight. Lomachenko dominated the fight from the start with superior footwork, hand speed and slick punching from different angles. According to CompuBox research, Lomachenko out-landed Martinez 87 to 34. After the fight, Lomachenko called out Orlando Salido, "Hey Salido, I'm ready to fight you at any time, before the Vargas fight, I told him to win the fight but I never told him I wasn't going to fight him if he didn't, so let's do it. I want to revenge Salido for my fans and give them a win over him."[13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
7 fights 6 wins 1 loss
By knockout 4 0
By decision 2 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
7 Win 6–1 Puerto Rico Román Martínez KO 5 (12), 1:09 11 Jun 2016 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Won WBO junior lightweight title
6 Win 5–1 Mexico Romulo Koasicha KO 10 (12), 2:35 7 Nov 2015 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBO featherweight title
5 Win 4–1 Puerto Rico Gamalier Rodriguez KO 9 (12), 0:50 2 May 2015 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBO featherweight title
4 Win 3–1 Thailand Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo UD 12 22 Nov 2014 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Retained WBO featherweight title
3 Win 2–1 United States Gary Russell Jr. MD 12 21 Jun 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, US Won vacant WBO featherweight title
2 Loss 1–1 Mexico Orlando Salido SD 12 1 Mar 2014 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US For WBO featherweight title
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Jose Ramirez TKO 4 (10), 2:55 12 Oct 2013 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBO International featherweight title;
Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Preceded by
Jose Ramirez
WBO International featherweight champion
12 October 2013 – February 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Marvin Sonsona
World titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Orlando Salido
WBO featherweight champion
21 June 2014 – 21 July 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Preceded by
Román Martínez
WBO junior lightweight champion
11 June 2016 – present
Incumbent

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
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Keith Thurman
The Ring Prospect of the Year
2013
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Anthony Joshua