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Vasyl Lomachenko
Weightclass:
Featherweight
Age:
26
Birthplace:
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine
Record:
2-1, 1 KO
Height:
5’7”
Reach:
Managers:
Egis Klimas - Advisor
Trainers:
Anatoly Lomachenko (father)
biography

Twitter: @vasylomachenko
WBO featherweight world champion…
World championship fights: 1-1, 0 KOs…
Former featherweight world title challenger…
2012 Olympics (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 World Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2010 Presidents Cup (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2010 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2009 World Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2009 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2008 Olympics (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist; won Val Barker Trophy for “Outstanding Boxer”…
2008 European Championships, 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2008 Klitschko Brothers Tournament (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2008 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2007 World Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist...
2004 European Cadet Championships (amateur), 101 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Vasyl is the WBO featherweight world champion – he won the world title only eight months after his pro debut.
It was also only his third pro fight, which tied the record for having the fewest fights when winning a world title – Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand won a junior welterweight world title in his third fight in 1975.
Vasyl won the vacant title with a 12-round majority decision against previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr. in his last fight on June...
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fight history
Fight by Fight - 2014 – WON VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE - in his last fight 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 on the co-features with the Robert Guerrero-Yoshihiro Kamegui main event, and Vasyl dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches while making Russell miss with nmost of his; Vasyl scored repeatedly with body punches, rocked Russell with a series of punches in the 5th round and staggered him with a right hook in the 10th; Vasyl finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 114-114; after the fight, he said, "I am very happy and excited to be a world champion. I want to thank all the fans that came here to support me from Ukraine. To join the Klitschkos as a champion from Ukraine, I would like to thank them. The plan built by our team was great. I was trying to land the punches and I did - I landed punches very well. I started from the body and went to the head."...
 
VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 3-1-14 in San Antonio, TX, he lost a 12 round split decision against former three-time featherweight world 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 weight; 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...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Vasyl said through an interpreter, "I was born and raised in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine. I have one sister. She's a gymnast. My father is a boxing trainer -- he was also a schoolteacher -- and my mother is a gymnastics trainer, so my whole family is involved in sports. My father was an amateur boxer when he was young.
"I can't even remember how old I was when I first started boxing, but I was very, very young. When I was born, I think they took me straight from the hospital to the gym.
"I had 396 amateur fights, with one loss.
"I eat with my right hand, I write with my right hand, but I fight lefthanded. When I first started, my father trained me and put me in the lefthanded stance.
"I'm married and have two children. My wife's name is Elena. My son's name is Anatoly. He was two years old on November 17, 2013. Our daughter was born on August 26, 2012. Her name is Victoria. I named her that for the victory – she was born on the same day I signed with Top Rank."…
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2012 OLYMPICS - London, England, 132 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: 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...
2012 NIKOLAY MANGER MEMORIAL - Kherson, Ukraine, 141 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 16-3 decision against Vilen Seitosmanov of Ukraine; in the semifinals on 5-18-12 he won a 14-3 decision against Fedor Vinogradov of Russia; in the finals on 5-19-12 he won an 18-5 decision against Vyacheslav Kislitsin of Ukraine...
2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Baku,...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @vasylomachenko
  • WBO featherweight world champion…
  • World championship fights: 1-1, 0 KOs…
  • Former featherweight world title challenger…
  • 2012 Olympics (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 World Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2010 Presidents Cup (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2010 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2009 World Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2009 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2008 Olympics (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist; won Val Barker Trophy for “Outstanding Boxer”…
  • 2008 European Championships, 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2008 Klitschko Brothers Tournament (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2008 Ukrainian National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2007 World Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist...
  • 2004 European Cadet Championships (amateur), 101 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Vasyl is the WBO featherweight world champion – he won the world title only eight months after his pro debut.

It was also only his third pro fight, which tied the record for having the fewest fights when winning a world title – Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand won a junior welterweight world title in his third fight in 1975.

Vasyl won the vacant title with a 12-round majority decision against previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr. in his last fight on June 21.

The Associated Press' Greg Beacham reported from ringside [excerpts]: Vasyl Lomachenko beat Gary Russell Jr. in a masterful majority decision, and the two-time Olympic gold medalist won the WBO featherweight title in just his third pro fight.

Lomachenko battered the previously unbeaten Russell around the ring, showing off his skill and power while blocking the wide majority of Russell's punches. The Ukrainian star hurt Russell repeatedly in the late rounds, reaching the final bell while pounding on Russell in his corner.

The Associated Press scored it 118-110 for Lomachenko.

Both fighters showed off their remarkable athleticism from the opening bell, with Lomachenko pressuring Russell and deflecting most of the American challenger's combinations. Lomachenko worked Russell's body and avoided trouble while stacking up early rounds.

Lomachenko hurt Russell visibly in the fifth round with punches to the body and head, but Russell kept up his activity level. But Lomachenko punished Russell again in the seventh, staggering him back with combinations and power.

Russell's eye began to swell in the late rounds, and Lomachenko landed a heavy right hand late in the 10th. Lomachenko finished with style, badly hurting Russell in the final minute of the 12th round and likely missing a stoppage by just a few seconds.

Lomachenko is arguably the best amateur boxer of his generation, winning Olympic gold medals for Ukraine in 2008 and 2012 and claiming the Val Barker Trophy as the Beijing Games' best fighter. After going 396-1 as an amateur and sparking international competition for his pro talents, he demanded a near-immediate title shot when he signed with Top Rank last year. [End Beacham item]

Vasyl was an 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 amateurs of all time.

He challeged former three-time featherweight world champion Orlando Salido – and an 18-year, 55-fight, A-level pro veteran – for the WBO world title in his second pro fight on March 1. Vasyl gave a strong effort in a fight that looked like it could go either way, but lost a very close 12-round split decision.

Vasyl said, "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, 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.

Fight History

Fight by Fight - 2014 – WON VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE - in his last fight 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 on the co-features with the Robert Guerrero-Yoshihiro Kamegui main event, and Vasyl dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches while making Russell miss with nmost of his; Vasyl scored repeatedly with body punches, rocked Russell with a series of punches in the 5th round and staggered him with a right hook in the 10th; Vasyl finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 114-114; after the fight, he said, "I am very happy and excited to be a world champion. I want to thank all the fans that came here to support me from Ukraine. To join the Klitschkos as a champion from Ukraine, I would like to thank them. The plan built by our team was great. I was trying to land the punches and I did - I landed punches very well. I started from the body and went to the head."...

 

VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 3-1-14 in San Antonio, TX, he lost a 12 round split decision against former three-time featherweight world 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 weight; 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; scored 115-113, 116-112 Salido, 115-113 Lomachenko; after the fight, Vasyl said, "I tried my best, but it didn't work out. I don't want to say anything about the judges. I am a fighter. That is my job. I thought I won. What I will do now is go home and review the video and see what happened. I'm a straight fighter. I'm clean. I would never fight dirty and throw punches below the belt. I have no excuses. He didn't make weight, but I thought I could still beat him."...

 

He made his pro debut on 10-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, 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; after the fight, Vasyl said, "I tried to keep my distance. It was a good fight, but I can do better. I was happy with my performance."...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Vasyl said through an interpreter, "I was born and raised in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine. I have one sister. She's a gymnast. My father is a boxing trainer -- he was also a schoolteacher -- and my mother is a gymnastics trainer, so my whole family is involved in sports. My father was an amateur boxer when he was young.

"I can't even remember how old I was when I first started boxing, but I was very, very young. When I was born, I think they took me straight from the hospital to the gym.

"I had 396 amateur fights, with one loss.

"I eat with my right hand, I write with my right hand, but I fight lefthanded. When I first started, my father trained me and put me in the lefthanded stance.

"I'm married and have two children. My wife's name is Elena. My son's name is Anatoly. He was two years old on November 17, 2013. Our daughter was born on August 26, 2012. Her name is Victoria. I named her that for the victory – she was born on the same day I signed with Top Rank."…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPICS - London, England, 132 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: 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...

2012 NIKOLAY MANGER MEMORIAL - Kherson, Ukraine, 141 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 16-3 decision against Vilen Seitosmanov of Ukraine; in the semifinals on 5-18-12 he won a 14-3 decision against Fedor Vinogradov of Russia; in the finals on 5-19-12 he won an 18-5 decision against Vyacheslav Kislitsin of Ukraine...

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...

2011 MAKAR MAZAY MEMORIAL - Mariupol, Ukraine, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-5-11 he won an 18-4 decision against Mohammad Momevand of Iran; in the quarterfinals on 7-6-11 he stopped (2nd round) Soon-Chul Han of Korea; in the semifinals on 7-8-11 he won a 25-7 decision against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan; in the finals on 7-9-11 he won an 18-5 decision against Gani Zhaylauov of Kazakhstan...

2011 NIKOLAY MANGER MEMORIAL - Kherson, Ukraine, 141 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight he stopped (1st round) Joshgun Aliyev of Azerbaijan; in the quarterfinals he won by walkover against Abderrazak Haouia of Tunisia; in the semifinals on 5-4-11 he won a 17-7 decision against Denis Berinchik of Ukraine; in the finals on 5-5-11 he stopped (2nd round) Nikolay Bochkov of Ukraine...

2011 UKRAINIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Kharkov, Ukraine, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 3-22-11 he won a 4-0 decision against Artem Sereda; in his second fight on 3-23-11 he won a 17-0 decision against Gyunduz Guseinov; in the quarterfinals on 3-24-11 he won a 6-1 decision against Andriy Rudenko; in the semifinals on 3-26-11 he won an 11-3 decision against Volodymyr Matviychuk; in the finals on 3-27-11 he won and 8-1 decision against Dmytro Bulenkov...

2010 PRESIDENTS CUP - Astana, Kazakhstan, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-28-10 he won a 6-0 decision against Mahmoud Eshaish of Jordan; in the quarterfinals on 6-30-10 he won a 5-0 decision against Asylbek Talasbayev of Kyrgystan; in the semifinals on 7-1-10 he won a 13-4 decision against Samat Bashenov of Kazakhstan; he won a 5-0 decision against Aidar Amirzakov of Kazakhstan...

2010 UKRAINIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Sumy, Ukraine, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-9-10 he defeated Dmytro Vedmedenko; in his second fight on 2-10-10 he won an 11-0 decision against Loma Aidarov; in the quarterfinals on 2-11-10 he stopped (2nd round) Vitaliy Maiboroda; in the semifinals on 2-13-10 he stopped (3rd round) Andriy Kolesnik; in the finals on 2-14-10 he won by walkover against Serhiy Kravets...

2009 EUROPEAN STUDENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Elista, Russia, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) on 10-15-09 he won a 4-0 decision against Ural Karslioglu of Turkey; in the finals on 10-17-09 he won a 4-0 decision against Valeriy Pluyaskin of Russia...

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...

2009 MAKAR MAZAY MEMORIAL - Mariupol, Ukraine, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-8-09 he won a 14-4 decision against Ismat Eynullayev of Azerbaijan; in the quarterfinals on 7-10-09 he won a 4-0 decision against Serhiy Kravets of Ukraine; in the semifinals on 7-11-09 he won a 10-1 decision against Volodymyr Matviychuk of Ukraine; in the finals on 7-12-09 he won a 7-1 decision against Dmytro Bulenkov of Ukraine...

2009 UKRAINIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 3-17-09 he stopped (3rd round) Yuriy Shevchenko; in the quarterfinals on 3-18-09 he defeated Ilya Zhuravel; in the semifinals on 3-20-09 he won a 10-0 decision against Viktor Makaritskiy; in the finals on 3-22-09 he won a 10-0 decision against Maxim Tretyak...

2008 WORLD CUP - Moscow, Russia, 125 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 12-11-08 he lost by walkover against Bohodirion Sultanov of Uzbekistan...

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…

2008 OLYMPICS - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST - won Val Barker Award for "Outstanding Boxer": 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 KLITSCHKO BROTHERS TOURNAMENT - Kiev, Ukraine, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-19-08 he won by disqualification (4th round) against Denis Tereshkov of Bulgaria; in the quarterfinals on 5-20-08 he won a 14-5 decision against Idel Torriente of Cuba; in the semifinals on 5-21-08 he stopped (3rd round) Han Soon Chul of Korea; in the finals on 5-23-08 he stopped (3rd round) Sergey Ignatiev of Russia...

2008 UKRAINIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Evpatoriya, Ukraine, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he stopped (3rd round) Denys Levakov; in the semifinals he won a 21-2 decision against Oleg Malinovskiy; in the finals he defeated Maxim Tretyak...

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chicago, Illinois, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-24-07 he won a 26-9 decision against Abner Cotto of Puerto Rico; in his second fight on 10-27-07 he won a 19-5 decision against Theodoros Papazov of Greece; in his third fight on 10-30-07 he won a 21-6 decision against Mikhail Bernadski of Belorussia; in the quarterfinals on 11-1-07 he stopped (3rd round) Arturo Santos Reyes of Mexico; in the semifinals on 11-2-07 he had a 13-13 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Li Yang of China; in the finals on 11-3-07 he lost a 16-11 decision against Albert Selimov of Russia...

2005 SEMEN TRESTIN MEMORIAL - Odessa, Ukraine, 112 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals on 8-7-05 he won a decision against Vyacheslav Goyan of Moldavia...

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a tremendous amateur background…has a strong family boxing and athletic background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2 fights…16 total rounds…12 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 8 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 100 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (0-1)…4 rounds – 1 (1-0)…