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Vasyl Lomachenko

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 9wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 7kos

AGE:
29
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 29, Vasyl is a three-year pro. A two-division world champion, he won the WBO featherweight world title in his third pro fight in June, 2014, and made three successful defenses. He vacated the title to move up in weight, and won the WBO junior lightweight world title in June, 2016. He has made three successful title defenses.

Vasyl is a very special talent. He was a dominant force as an elite international amateur who 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, and is considered by many to be the greatest amateur boxer of all time.

His goal as a professional is simple – to be the best boxer in the world – and after only three years and 10 pro fights, he has already reached elite status. He is widely considered as one of the best at any weight in the ring today, and many already consider him to be the best.

Vasyl has a unique style. Many boxers use lateral movement to set up angles that take themselves out of their opponents’ punching range and set up their own offensive attacks, but Vasyl has taken that technique to another level, one not seen anywhere else.

And although he’s not thought of as having devastating punching power, he has scored one-punch knockouts – to the body and head – and won his last six fights by knockout.

The way Vasyl views potential opponents is also very simple. He wants to fight the best opposition and to him, that means all of the other world title-holders. If they’re not available or willing to fight, he wants to fight the highest-ranked contenders. The exception, of course, is a rematch against Orlando Salido, who gave Vasyl his only loss as a pro. Vasyl’s only loss in 396 amateur fights came against Albert Selimov in the finals at the 2007 World Championships. Vasyl avenged that loss with two wins against Selimov in later fights.

In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles, he won by seventh-round TKO against Miguel Marriaga.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Vasyl Lomachenko has his eyes on being the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world – and he’s not far away from that lofty status – but to keep his train moving in that direction he had to take care of challenger Miguel Marriaga.

No problem. At all.

Lomachenko absolutely toyed with Marriaga, knocking him down twice and winning by one-sided seventh-round knockout before 4,102 on Saturday night in the main event of the Top Rank ESPN card at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live.

The fight came to an end when Marriaga’s corner mercifully stopped the fight after a brutal seventh round in which Marriaga took extreme punishment.

As usual, Lomachenko began by probing Marriaga and looking for a place to land his pinpoint shots. By the time the round was over, he had landed stiff jabs and hard body shots without taking anything clean in return.

By the second round Lomachenko was firmly in control. He landed combinations to the body and head and backed up Marriaga. Marriaga, whose only losses have been in world title fights, was playing defense because he knew what was coming, but he had no answers.

Lomachenko continued to dazzle in the third round. He popped Marriaga with a body shot, pivoted to the side and came upstairs. He is like a boxing symphony.

In the third round, he landed a clean straight left that dropped Marriaga to his backside. Marriaga easily beat the count and then Lomachenko motioned for him to come at him in the corner. Marriaga obliged, and Lomachenko nailed him and wiggled his hips and made a face at him as the crowd went wild. An accidental head-butt in the fourth round opened a cut over Lomachenko’s left eye.

Lomachenko, however, appeared unaffected by the cut, because he continued to pepper Marriaga with every punch in the book, throwing from all angles, sometimes with power, sometimes just for range. But he landed punch after punch and was in total control in every round.

Lomachenko had a huge seventh round. He battered Marriaga all over the ring. He left Marriaga befuddled and taking damage all over the place.

Finally, moments before the round ended, Lomachenko landed a hard left hand, and Marriaga crumpled to the mat. The bell ended the round, but Marriaga was done, and his corner threw in the towel. [End Rafael item]

Manager Egis Klimas said, “Vasyl goes back home to Ukraine after every fight, but 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.

“Vasyl and his father have their own gym at home – I believe it’s called ‘Akkerman.’ That’s the old name of their home city – Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi used to be called Akkerman. They train other fighters at their gym, too, but mostly amateurs, no big names. Alexandr Usyk often visits Vasyl there because he’s the godfather of Vasyl’s kids. Then Vasyl comes to California to finish his training at my gym 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.

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.”

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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