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At the age of 25, Vasyl is making his pro debut. A former elite international amateur, he won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and is considered by many observers as one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time.
From the Associated Press, by Greg Beacham (June 21, 2013 – excerpts]: The 25-year-old Lomachenko is among the greatest amateur boxers of his generation after winning gold medals in Beijing and London, also claiming two world championships in between. Lomachenko, who competed at 132 pounds in London, fights with an aggressive, athletic style that should make him a popular professional….
''I want to fight the best in the world,'' Lomachenko said through a translator.
''He wants to become a pound-for-pound champion,'' manager Egis Klimas said. ''He doesn't want to be on a long track. He wants to fight for a title soon. If we could get a champion today, we would like to fight the champion today. He wants to make something special.''
Klimas said Lomachenko intends to work with a professional trainer alongside his father, who trained him on the way to the Olympics.
Top Rank already matched two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming with Hollywood-based trainer Freddie Roach, who is guiding the Chinese amateur star through his first pro fights this year.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said, ''He's the best amateur in the history of the sport.'' [End Beacham item]
Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [Sept. 4, 2013 - excerpts]: Vasyl Lomachenko is serious about moving quickly in his pro career, so quickly that if he wins his professional debut, he likely will challenge for a world title in his second fight.
You read that correctly.
The 25-year-old will make his pro debut in a real fight, taking on seasoned veteran Jose Ramirez in a 10-round featherweight bout....
If a 10-rounder against a real opponent in Lomachenko’s pro debut isn’t audacious enough, how about the game plan if he wins?
Should Lomachenko - the 2008 Olympic featherweight gold medalist, 2012 lightweight gold-medal winner, and a two-time world amateur champion - win, he likely will challenge for a featherweight world title in early 2014.
The target date is on a Jan. 25 HBO card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York against the winner between former titleholder Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz....
One of the reasons Lomachenko signed with promoter Top Rank was because it promised it would meet his condition to be in a world title fight almost immediately, and also because Top Rank could deliver such a fight.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN.com that he already has talked about the title fight against Lomachenko with the camps of both Salido and Cruz, and both are excited about the prospect.
“They know that if they win the title, they can get their biggest payday with Lomachenko,” Arum said. “Why wouldn’t they want that? They’d be fighting a guy who has never been in a 12-round fight, and who knows how this guy does? Lomachenko is extremely talented but he’s the kind of kid who is very full of himself and has a tremendous degree of confidence in himself. This guy is special. How special remains to be seen.”
Arum also signed Japan's Ryota Murata, the 2012 Olympic middleweight gold medalist, and attended his pro debut last month in Tokyo. Murata, who beat No. 1 pro Japanese middleweight Akio Shibata by second-round knockout, also wants to move quickly.
“For me, what Lomachenko and Murata are doing is contrary completely to the normal way we build fighters at Top Rank,” said Arum, whose matchmakers are known as the best in the business for the way they methodically build champions and stars. “But maybe these aren’t normal times and these are not normal athletes.
“It’s one thing if we made the suggestion or we persuaded them into being moved fast. Maybe then I’d say, ‘Did we do the right thing?’ But this is what they wanted. This is what Lomachenko wants. He wanted to fight for a world title in his first fight, but we told him that couldn’t be done. So we’ll do it in the second fight.”
One hurdle to Lomachenko fighting for a world title in his second fight was cleared at the recently concluded WBO annual convention, where Lomachenko was approved to fight for one of the organization’s regional belts in his debut, meaning Lomachenko would qualify to fight for a world title if he wins.
If the January title shot doesn’t come off, Arum said an alternative plan could be for him to stage a show in Macau in February called “Night of Gold,” on which he would feature three of the 2012 Olympic gold medalists he signed: Chinese flyweight Zou Shiming in a 10-rounder, Lomachenko in a world title fight, and Murata in a 10-rounder. [End Rafael item]
Vasyl said through an interpreter, "I signed a contract with Top Rank in August, but I started preparing for a fight before that. It's probably been two and a half months. We have our own gym in our hometown, and that's where I started training. My father and I own it. It's called Akkerman Gym.
"I’ll finish my preparation at Freddie Roach's private gym at the Wild Card. This is the first time I've ever trained in the United States.
"I'm very happy that I'm here in the U.S. now, and I can prepare 100 percent for my fight. "
Regarding his nickname, he 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."
The address of Vasyl’s website – all in Russian - is lomachenko.com.
2012 OLYMPICS - London, England, 132 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST, won Val Barker Award for "Outstanding Boxer": in his first fight on 8-2-12 he won a 15-3 decision against Wellington Arias of Dominican Republic; in the quarterfinals on 8-6-12 he won a 14-9 decision against Félix Verdejo of Puerto Rico; in the semifinals on 8-10-12 he won a 14-11 decision against Yasniel Toledo of Cuba; in the finals on 8-12-12 he won a 19-9 decision against Han Soon-Chul of Republic of Korea...
2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Baku, Azerbajian, 132 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-1-11 he stopped (1st round) Lomalito Moala of Tonga; in his second fight on 10-3-11 he won a 16-9 decision against José Ramírez of the U.S.; in his third fight on 10-4-11 he won a 19-18 decision against Robson Conceicao of Brazil; in the quarterfinals on 10-5-11 he won an 18-10 decision against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan; in the semifinals on 10-7-11 he won a 17-11 decision against Domenico Valentino of Italy; in the finals on 10-8-11 he won a 17-12 decision against Yasniel Toledo of Cuba...
2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Milan, Italy, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-6-09 he won a 16-2 decision against Mario Aleksic of Bosnia and Herzegovina; in his second fight on 9-8-99 he won a 15-1 decision against Craig Evans of Wales; in the quarterfinals on 9-9-99 he won an 8-2 decision against Branimir Stankovic of Serbia; in the semifinals on 9-11-09 he won a 12-1 decision against Oscar Valdez of Mexico; in the finals on 9-12-09 he won a 12-1 decision against Sergey Vodopyanov of Russia...
2008 OLYMPICS - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-11-08 he won a 14-7 decision against Albert Selimov of Russia; in his second fight on 8-15-08 he won a 13-1 decision against Bahodirjon Sooltonov of Uzbekistan; in the quarterfinals on 8-18-08 he won a 12-3 decision against Li Yang of China; in the semifinals on 8-22-08 he won a 10-1 decision against Yakup Kiliç of Turkey; in the finals on 8-23-08 he stopped (1st round) Khedafi Djelkhir of France...
2008 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Liverpool, England, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on the 11-9-08 he won a 10-0 decision against Vladimir Nikiforov of Estonia; in the quarterfinals on the 11-12-08 he won a 10-2 decision against David Oliver Joyce of Ireland; in the semifinals on 11-13-08 he won a 2-1 decision against Hicham Ziouti of France; in the finals on 11-15-08 he won a 7-1 decision against Araik Ambartsumov of Russia…