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 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Reach 166 cm (65 in)
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 29)
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi,
Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 9
Wins 8
Wins by KO 6
Losses 1

Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional boxer.[1] He has held the WBO super featherweight title since 2016, having previously held the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2016; he won the latter title in his third professional fight.

Known for his excellent hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity, and lateral foot movement, Lomachenko is one of the most highly rated boxers in the sport today, as well as arguably the greatest amateur 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.

As of February 2017, Lomachenko is ranked as the world's fifth best boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec;[3] sixth by The Ring;[4] and seventh by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB).[5] He is also ranked by all three as the world's best super featherweight.[6][7][3] The Ring named Lomachenko as their Prospect of the Year in 2013. CBS Sports[8] and HBO Sports[9][10] named him Boxer of the Year in 2016.

Early life[edit]

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 an impressive career record of 396 wins and only one loss, to Albert Selimov, which was avenged twice.[11][12]

World Amateur Championships results[edit]

2007

2009[13]

  • 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.[14]

World Series of Boxing[edit]

Prior to turning professional, Lomachenko competed in the lightweight division of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) from January to May 2013. Despite having six fights in this tournament, some outlets would later claim that those fights should have counted towards Lomachenko's professional record prior to his official debut later that year, due to the lack of headgear and rounds being scored using the ten-point must system in WSB.[15]

Professional career[edit]

Featherweight[edit]

After winning his second Olympic gold medal, Lomachenko made the decision to turn professional. After meeting with several fight promoters, he signed a contract to fight for Top Rank. Lomachenko made his professional debut in United States on 12 October 2013 as part of the undercard to Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Márquez, defeating Mexican fighter José Ramirez with a fourth-round knockout.[11]

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 World Boxing Organization's featherweight 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.[16][17][18]

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 only other boxer to have won a world title in the quickest amount of time since turning professional, accomplishing the feat in just his third professional bout.[19]

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]

It was announced prior to Lomachenko's mandatory fight against Piriyapinyo that the winner would next fight Puertorican boxer Gamalier Rodriguez. Rodriguez earned the title shot after knocking out Martin Cardona.[20] On May 2, 2015 Lomachenko retained his WBO title against Rodriguez cruising to a ninth-round KO victory on the under-card of Mayweather-Pacquiao. Lomachenko's speed and precision was too much for Rodriguez, who took a knee twice in the fight, once in the seventh and again in the ninth, which ended the bout.[21]

Lomachenko next fought on the Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios undercard on HBO against Romelu Koasicha. The fight took place on November 7, 2015. He overwhelmed, dominated and stopped Koasicha in the tenth round on a body shot. In the post fight interview, Lomachenko told of how he wanted to put on a good show, "I was just having fun in there, "If I really wanted to knock him out, I would have done it earlier. I was having a good time, but I knew the end would be on a body shot. I just didn't know which one." Lomachenko earned a career high $750,000 for the fight and out landed Koasicha by 259 punches.[22][23]

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."[24]

Lomachenko vs. Walters[edit]

After failing to make the fight happen earlier in the year, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti confirmed on September 28 that Lomachenko would defend his WBO title against 30 year old unbeaten Jamaican boxer Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 26 on HBO.[25]

After Lomachenko dominated the first six rounds with his movement, he threw more combination punches in the sixth which left Walters visibly shaken. Lomachenko won the fight after Walters retired on his stool at the end of the seventh round. Upon returning to his corner, Walters got up and walked to referee Tony Weeks, where he reiterated twice he did not want to continue. A lot of boos followed the confirmation of the fight result as Walters seemed to back himself up for not returning for round 7, blaming his inactivity in the ring, "Listen to me, if I get the chance to fight two or three fights leading up to this fight, I'll definitely take him on in different circumstances where we are more active and definitely beat him but it was all him tonight... he fought me with three fights this year. So it was all him tonight... Nothing take away from him, he's a very good fighter, I learned a lot from fighting him and it was seven rounds of beautiful boxing until my corner decided to end it."[26][27]

Compubox stats showed Lomachenko landed 114 of 437 punches thrown (26 percent) while Walters landed 49 of 264 (19 percent). Lomachenko earned his first $1 million purse. Following the post fight, Arum told ESPN, he would like to make a rematch with Salido next, followed by a lightweight title fight against Terry Flanagan and then a super fight with Manny Pacquiao. The fight drew 761,000 viewers on HBO.[28][29]

Lomachenko vs. Sosa[edit]

On February 2, 2017, Bob Arum spoke to ESPN. After failing to make a match up with WBA 'Super' champion Jezreel Corrales, he announced Lomachenko's next fight would take place on April 8 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C., in a featherweight unification against WBA 'Regular' champion Jason Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs). This would have been Sosa's third defence of his secondary title, but on February 16, he vacated the title.[30][31][32] Lomachenko weighed 129.6 pounds. Sosa weighed in at 130.4 pounds, he then stripped down naked and still over weighed at 130.2 and was given the time to trim the extra weight.[33] He later returned to the Maryland commission’s scale and successfully made weight exactly 130 pounds allowing himself to challenge for the WBO title.[34] The fight headlined HBO “World Championship Boxing”. Lomachenko successfully retained his WBO title for a second time after Sosa failed to return for round 10 when his trainer pulled him out. The bout was similar to Lomachenko's previous fight with Walters, who also pulled out. Lomachenko's flashy style and fast combinations won him the rounds. Sosa appeared more hurt in round 8 when he was hit hard on the body.[35]

Sosa was the most successful opponent Lomachenko had fought since Salido in terms of landing punches. He landed 68 of his 286 thrown (24%). Lomachenko landed 275 of 696 punches (40%). Sosa's trainer, Raul Rivas explained why he pulled him out of the fight, "It was an accumulation of too many punches. I didn't want to get Jason hurt. He was out of the fight." Lomachenko said he wanted to follow this victory by only fighting current world champions at super featherweight for a chance to unify the division or he would move up lightweight.[36] The fight peaked at 886,000 viewers HBO and averaged 832,000 viewers. These numbers showed an increase in viewership for Lomachenko from his last fight on HBO against Walters.[37][38]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
9 fights 8 wins 1 loss
By knockout 6 0
By decision 2 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
9 Win 8–1 United States Jason Sosa RTD 9 (12), 3:00 8 Apr 2017 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, US Retained WBO junior lightweight title
8 Win 7–1 Jamaica Nicholas Walters RTD 7 (12), 3:00 26 Nov 2016 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBO junior lightweight title
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 Rodríguez 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 vacant WBO featherweight title
1 Win 1–0 Mexico José Ramírez TKO 4 (10), 2:55 12 Oct 2013 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBO International featherweight title;
Professional debut

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WBO International featherweight champion
12 October 2013 – February 2014
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Title last held by
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WBO featherweight champion
21 June 2014 – 21 July 2016
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