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Vasyl Lomachenko

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 9wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 7kos

AGE:
28
Birthplace:
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine
Height:
5’6”
reach:
65"
Managers:
Egis Klimas
Trainers:
Anatoly Lomachenko

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Vasyl "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko

At the age of 28, Vasyl is a three-year pro. A two-division world champion, he won the WBO junior lightweight world title in June, 2016. He is also a former WBO featherweight world champion – he won that title in June, 2014, and made three successful defenses. He held both titles for a short time last summer, but according to WBO rules, could keep only one. He decided to remain champion at 130 pounds and relinquish the featherweight title.

Vasyl is a very special talent.

Before his debut, he was an elite international amateur, a dominant force at 125 to 132 pounds. He won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics – as well as the Val Barker “Outstanding Boxer” award in 2008 – and the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. He is considered by many observers to be one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time, if not the greatest.

His exceptional amateur experience – a reported record of 396-1 over a 20-plus year amateur career, much of it against top opposition – put him at a very advanced level even before his pro debut.

Now, at a point in his career where others are still working their way up through four- and six-round fights, Vasyl has already reached elite-level as a professional. He has won world titles in two weight divisions with impressive wins against quality opposition, made history for the short amount of time in which he won them, and is considered one of the best fighters in the ring today, pound-for-pound.

Fortunately for boxing fans, his talent is matched by his ambition. He wants to fight only the best opposition, and his top priority is to achieve greatness and make history.

Before winning the junior lightweight title Vasyl said, “The reason I like Olympic boxing is that all the best fighters come together and find out who the best fighter is. I want to do the same in professional boxing. I want to line up all the best fighters at 130 and see who the best fighter is.”

In his last fight on November 26 in Las Vegas, he won by seventh-round TKO against previously undefeated former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Lomachenko put on a masterpiece against Nicholas Walters, toying with him for seven one-sided rounds before making him abruptly quit….

The fight was the main event of the 2,000th card promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, the Hall of Famer who is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a promoter this year. Arum has been Lomachenko’s biggest fan since signing him out of the 2012 Olympics….

Leading up to the fight with Walters, Arum said Lomachenko “is technically the best fighter that I have seen since the early Muhammad Ali.” Arum promoted 27 of Ali’s fights, as well as those of many other all-time greats, such as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Alexis Arguello.

After Lomachenko’s easy disposal of Walters, Arum stuck by his assessment and said he was not surprised how easily Lomachenko won. “I wasn’t surprised all,” Arum said. “I have been his biggest cheerleader from the beginning. He’s great. Anybody who loves boxing has to love this kid and the way he performs. If people watch him perform, they will start to love boxing again. He’s better than these regular fighters. He has such special talent that we’ve never seen anything like it.”

Lomachenko-Walters was expected to be a competitive showdown between a gifted technician (Lomachenko) and a power puncher (Walters). Instead, Lomachenko played with Walters like a cat would a mouse. He negated Walters’ strong right hand, befuddled him and frustrated him. All the while, Lomachenko peppered Walters with a two-handed attack.

Lomachenko stuffed jabs in Walters’ face and tagged him with straight left hands. Walters never got off any big shots; he was unable to cope with Lomachenko’s speed and lateral movement. He simply had no answers for Lomachenko.

Lomachenko grew more comfortable with Walters as the rounds went by and really began to open up on offense in the seventh round. Lomachenko pounded Walters with a pair of clean right hands midway through the round and then rocked his head back with a straight left hand. Lomachenko continued to pick up the pace and was lashing Walters as the round wound down.

When referee Tony Weeks went to his corner to check on him after the seventh round, Walters’ trainer and father, Job Walters, told him, “No mas.” When Weeks asked Walters directly if he wanted to continue, he said, “No.” Weeks waved off the fight, bringing the much-anticipated bout to an abrupt and wholly unexpected conclusion.

“My goal is to be No. 1 pound for pound,” Lomachenko said.

After his brilliant display against Walters, he appears to be on his way. [End Rafael item]

Manager Egis Klimas said, “Vasyl goes back home to Ukraine after every fight, but he never stops training. He and his father have their own gym in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi. He trains every day, he runs every day no matter where he is. In the wintertime he plays hockey, in the summertime he plays basketball or soccer. He comes to California to train for his fights at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, and focuses on sparring, drills, and boxing.”

Vasyl wanted to challenge for a world title in his pro debut but when that was not possible, he did challenge for one, unsuccessfully, in his second fight. He won a world title in his third fight in June, 2014 – only eight months after his debut – which tied the record for winning a world title with the fewest fights. Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand also won a junior welterweight world title in his third fight in 1975.

Vasyl made history again in his last fight by becoming the first fighter to win world titles in two weight divisions in only seven fights. The previous record was eight, held by 23 year-old Naoya Inoue of Japan, who won the WBC light flyweight title (108 pounds) in his sixth fight in April, 2014, made a successful defense five months later in September, then won the WBO junior bantamweight title (115 pounds) in his eighth fight three months later in December, 2014.

In earlier interviews, Vasyl said through an interpreter, “I like to know every single detail about my opponent before we fight. It doesn’t matter if my opponent is strong, it doesn’t matter if my opponent is not strong – I always want to know every detail. I study every opponent very closely.”

Regarding his nickname, Vasyl said, “I think I got it during the Olympics. I was training somewhere and one of the reporters was talking about high technology, and he said that I was a ‘high tech’ boxer.”

Vasyl’s website address is lomachenko.com.

fight history

  • 2016

    1ST WBO JL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 11-26-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (26-0-1): the bout headlined at the Cosmopolitan, and Vasyl dominated the fight; he kept Walters off-balance with lateral movement and consistently outboxed him; he also landed the harder punches, steadily wore down Walters, and was almost untouchable defensively; Vasyl stepped up his pace as the rounds progressed – he rocked Walters repeatedly in the 7th round and staggered him with a left hand, and Walters did not continue after the round; after seven rounds, Vasyl led by scores of 69-64, 69-64, 70-63.

    WON WBO JL WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 6-11-16 in New York, NY, he won by knockout (5th round) against defending champion Roman Martinez (29-2-3): the bout headlined in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and drew a crowd of 4,545; Vasyl dominated the fight – he keot Martinez off-balance with movement and consistently outboxed and outworked him; he also landed the harder punches, and rocked Martinez several times; Vasyl scored a devastating knockdown with a left uppercut-right hook combination in the 5th round that dropped Martinez flat on his back, and he was counted out at 1:09; after four rounds, Vasyl led by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards.

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  • 2015

    On 11-7-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by knockout (10th round) against Romulo Koasicha (25-4): the bout was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Brandon Rios main event, and Vasyl dominated the fight; Koasicha pressed forward and gave a good effort, but Vasyl outboxed and outworked him, and consistently landed the harder punches; Vasyl stepped up his pace in the middle rounds, rocked Koasicha repeatedly, and wore him down; he scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 10th round, and Koasicha was counted out at 2:35; after nine rounds, Vasyl led by shutout scores of 90-81 on all three scorecards.

    2ND WBO F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-2-15 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (9th round) against Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3): the bout was one of the co-features with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao main event, and Vasyl dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Rodriguez, and landed the sharper punches; Rodriguez was penalized one point for low blows in the 5th round, and Vasyl scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 7th; Rodriguez was penalized another point for low blows in the 8th round; Vasyl scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 9th, and Rodriguez was counted out at 0:50; after eight rounds, Vasyl led by scores of 79-70, 78-71, 80-69.

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  • 2014

    1ST WBO F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-23-14 in Macau, CHI, he won a 12 round unanimous decision agianst Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri main event, and Vasyl dominated the fight; he switched back and forth from the lefthanded and righthanded stances, and scored a knockdown with a left hand, in the lefthanded stance, in the 4th round; he injured his left hand early in the 7th round and rarely used it in the following rounds, but still dominated the middle and late rounds and won by shutout scores of 120-107 on all three scorecards.

    WON VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE – on 6-21-14 in Carson, CA, he won a 12 round majority decision against previously undefeated lefthanded former amateur standout Gary Russell Jr. (24-0): the bout was one the co-features with the Robert Guerrero-Yoshihiro Kamegui main event, and Vasyl dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Russell, landed the sharper punches, and made Russell miss most of his; Vasyl scored repeatedly with body punches and rocked Russell with a series of punches in the 5th round; Russell stepped up his pace and had a few rallies in the middle rounds, but Vasyl finished the fight strongly – he staggered Russell with a right hook late in the 10th, rocked him with two left uppercuts midway throught the 11th round, then rocked him with a series of punches in the 12th; scored 116-112, 116-112, 114-114; Russell went on to win the WBC featherweight world title in March, 2015.

    VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 3-1-14 in San Antonio, TX, he lost a 12 round split decision against former two-time WBO champion Orlando Salido (40-12-2): the bout was co-featured with the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera II main event, and Salido lost the title on the scales when he did not make weight by 2 ¼ pounds, and rehydrated to 147 pounds on fight night; it was a good, close fight; Vasyl outboxed and outworked Salido at times, but Salido constantly pressed forward, landed the harder punches – which included repeated low blows – and built a lead on the scorecards; after six rounds, Salido led by scores of 59-55, 58-56, 57-57; both had several rallies in the middle rounds and the momentum shifted back and forth, but Vasyl finished the fight strongly – he swept the 11th round on all three scorecards, then hurt Salido with a body punch in the 12th and swept that round, as well, but couldn’t quite catch up on the scorecards – 115-113, 116-112 Salido, 115-113 Lomachenko.

    He debuted at the age of 25 on 10-12-13 in Las Vegas and won by TKO (4th round) against Jose Ramirez (25-3): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez main event; Ramirez pressed forward and gave a good effort, but Vasyl dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hand to body-right hook to head combination midway through the 1st round, then outworked Ramirez and landed the harder punches in the following rounds; Vasyl had a small cut under his left eye from a clash of heads in the 4th round, but scored a knockdown moments later with a three-punch combination to the body – left hand-right hook-left hand – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:59.

    Before his debut, Vasyl had six fights in the World Series of Boxing, and won five-round decisions in each one.

    WORLD SERIES OF BOXING:

    On 5-10-13 in Astana, KAZ, he won a 5 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Samat Bashenov (WSB record: 5-2): the bout was part of the World Series of Boxing Team Finals – a five-fight card at Saryarka Velodrome – between the Astana Arlans (Kazakhstan) and the Ukraine Otamans; Vasyl started fast and dominated most of the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round, then outboxed and outworked Bashenov in the following rounds; Bashenov switched to the righthanded stance and rallied in the 5th round, but Vasyl won by scores of 49-45, 49-45, 50-44; the Astana Arlans won 3 bouts to 2.

    On 4-19-13 in Kiev, UKR, he won a 5 round unanimous decision against Domenico Valentino (WSB record: 9-4): the bout was part of the World Series of Boxing Team Semifinals – a five-fight card at the Palace of Sports – between the Ukraine Otamans and the Italia Thunder; Vasyl dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 50-45 on all three scorecards; Ukraine won 5 bouts to 0.

    On 3-30-13 in Baku, AZE, he won a 5 round split decision against Albert Selimov (WSB record: 4-1): the bout was part of the World Series of Boxing Team Quarterfinals, a five-fight card between the Ukraine Otamans and the Azerbajian Baku Fires; it was a very close fight and ended with a questionable decision; Vasyl outboxed and outworked Selimov in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Selimov rallied in the following rounds; Vasyl came back and scored with body punches to win the final round on the judges’ cards; many observers thought Selimov deserved to win, but the judges scored 48-47, 48-47 Lomachenko, 48-47 Selimov; Azerbajian won 4 bouts to 1; Vasyl and Selimov had fought two times before – Selimov beat Vasyl in the finals of the 2007 World Championships – Vasyl’s only amateur loss; Vasyl beat Selimov in the first round of fights at the 2008 Olympics.

    On 3-1-13 in London, ENG, he won a 5 round unanimous decision against Samuel Maxwell (WSB record: 1-4): the bout was part of the World Series of Boxing – a five-fight card between the Ukraine Otamans and the British Lionhearts; Vasyl dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 50-45 on all three scorecards; Ukraine won 3 bouts to 2.

    On 2-8-13 in Brovary, UKR, he won a 5 round unanimous decision against Charly Suarez (WSB record: 4-2): the bout was part of the World Series of Boxing – a five-fight card between the Ukraine Otamans and the Italia Thunder; Vasyl dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 50-44 on all three scorecards; Ukraine won 4 bouts to 1.

    On 1-11-13 in Kiev he won a 5 round unanimous decision against Samuel Maxwell (WSB record: 1-3): the bout was part of the World Series of Boxing – a five-fight card between the Ukraine Otamans and the British Lionhearts; Vasyl dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 50-45 on all three scorecards; scored 50-45 on all three scorecards; Ukraine won 4 bouts to 1.

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