Lomachenko in 2012
|Real name||Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Reach||165 cm (65 in)|
17 February 1988 |
Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
|Wins by KO||4|
Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is the current WBO junior lightweight champion, having previously held the WBO featherweight title. Known for his excellent hand speed, timing, accuracy and lateral movement, Lomachenko is generally regarded as one of the most skilled fighters in boxing today as well as arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time. As an amateur he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, a gold medal at both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and a gold medal at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Titles in boxing
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
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.
World Amateur Championships results
- Defeated Abner Cotto (Puerto Rico) 26-9
- Defeated Theodoros Papazov (Greece) 19-5
- Defeated Mikhail Bernadski (Belarus) 21-6
- Defeated Arturo Santos Reyes (Mexico) RSCO 3
- Defeated Li Yang (China) 14-13
- Lost to Albert Selimov (Azerbaijan) 16-12
- 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
- Defeated Lomalito Moala (Tonga) RSC 1
- Defeated José Ramírez (USA) 16-9
- Defeated Robson Conceicao (Brasil) 19-18 (originally lost 19-20 but decision was controversially overturned)
- Defeated Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) 18-10
- Defeated Domenico Valentino (Italy) 17-11
- Defeated Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) 17-12
Olympic Games results
- Defeated Albert Selimov (Russia) 14-7
- Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov (Uzbekistan) 13-1
- Defeated Li Yang (China) 12-3
- Defeated Yakup Kılıç (Turkey) 10-1
- Defeated Khedafi Djelkhir (France) 9-1 RSC 1
- 1st round bye
- Defeated Wellington Arias (Dominican Republic) 15-3
- Defeated Félix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) 14-9
- Defeated Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) 14-11
- Defeated Han Soon-Chul (Republic of Korea) 19-9
European Championships results
- 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.
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.
Lomachenko vs. Salido
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.
Lomachenko vs. Russell, Jr.
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.
Lomachenko vs. Piriyapinyo
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
Lomachenko vs. Martinez
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."
Professional boxing record
|7 fights, 6 wins (4 knockouts), 1 loss|
|7||Win||6–1||Román Martínez||KO||5 (12), 1:09||11 Jun 2016||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Won WBO junior lightweight title|
|6||Win||5–1||Romulo Koasicha||KO||10 (12), 2:35||7 Nov 2015||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Retained WBO featherweight title|
|5||Win||4–1||Gamalier Rodriguez||KO||9 (12), 0:50||2 May 2015||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Retained WBO featherweight title|
|4||Win||3–1||Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo||UD||12||22 Nov 2014||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR||Retained WBO featherweight title|
|3||Win||2–1||Gary Russell, Jr.||MD||12||21 Jun 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California, US||Won vacant WBO featherweight title|
|2||Loss||1–1||Orlando Salido||SD||12||1 Mar 2014||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US||For WBO featherweight title|
|1||Win||1–0||Jose Ramirez||TKO||4 (10), 2:55||12 Oct 2013||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Won WBO International featherweight title;
Titles in boxing
|WBO International featherweight champion
12 October 2013 – February 2014
Title next held byMarvin Sonsona
Title last held byOrlando Salido
|WBO featherweight champion
21 June 2014 – 21 July 2016
|WBO junior lightweight champion
11 June 2016 – present
- Lomachenko lapping up the applause, International Boxing Association (September 14, 2009)
- "Lomachenko determined to be great". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
- Ukrainian boxer Lomachenko becomes world champion Interfax-Ukraine (September 14, 2009)
- Scott Christ (October 12, 2013). "Bradley vs Marquez results: Vasyl Lomachenko dominates in pro debut". Bad Left Hook.
- "Twitter /Vasyl Lomachenko". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
- DAILY RESULTS, International Boxing Association
- "Medallists by weight category" (PDF). AIBA. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
- "Learning Curve: Vasyl Lomachenko proves quality in first pro loss". Bad Left Hook. March 2, 2014.
- "What Vasyl Lomachenko's letdown Saturday means for his future". Yahoo! Sports. March 2, 2014.
- "Referee Laurence Cole discusses Orlando Salido-Vasyl Lomachenko". The Ring. March 6, 2014.
- "BBC Sport - Vasyl Lomachenko wins world title in third pro fight". BBC Sport. June 21, 2014.
- "Result: Vasyl Lomachenko stops Gamalier Rodriguez to defend WBO featherweight title".
- "Lomachenko KO's Martinez for 130-pound title". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12.