Vasiliy Lomachenko Profile
|Born||Feb 17, 1988|
|Division||Lightweight Limit: 135 Pounds|
|Professional Record||14-2 (10)|
Lomachenko is regarded as one of the greatest fighters of the modern era and is the fastest three-division in the history of male boxing, achieving this accomplishment in 12 fights.
Vasiliy Lomachenko is a three-division world champion who unified the lightweight division in 2019 and currently held the WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine titles until 2020.
Regarded as one of the top Pound for Pound fighters in the world, Lomachenko is the quickest male fighter to have won world titles in three divisions with his third after defeating Jorge Linares in his 12th fight.
"Hi Tech" - who won a professional world title in his second fight as a professional - is also a former WBO featherweight titlist and WBO junior featherweight champion.
Loma is renowned for his punching accuracy, hand speed and athleticism around the ring.
As an amateur, Lomachenko is a double Olympic champion having won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games at featherweight and lightweight, respectively.
Lomachenko has won awards throughout his career, including 2016 and 2017 Fighter of the Year by HBO Sports as well as being named Fighter of the Year by the Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez
Lomachenko took on Lopez in the first huge unification showdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
The war of words began with Lopez promising to destroy Lomachenko, something the latter dismissed. "If we were back in my country, he would learn pretty quickly that he can't run his mouth like that," Lomachenko said.
"Whatever I say, I believe in it. So what he's saying, for example, he actually believes. But if he doesn't follow it up with actions and fulfil those words, then he chose those words poorly to begin with.
"I'm definitely not going to feel sorry for him. If I get a chance to cause him pain, I'm going to do it."
Despite going into the contest as the favourite, an upset happened in Vegas with Lopez outpointing Lomachenko via unanimous decision.
In doing so, Lopez inflicted the second defeat of Loma's career and in doing so, added the WBA, WBC Franchise and WBO belts to his IBF strap.
Lomachenko had surgery on his shoulder in the aftermath of the bout and spoke of his ambition to chase a rematch with Lopez.
The greatest hits: Russell Jr., Rigondeaux and Linares
Lomachenko became a world champion in only his third professional fight, defeating Gary Russell Jr. at the StubHub Center for the vacant WBO featherweight title.
The Ukrainian won it via majority decision, having been favoured on the card by two judges. It was scored 116-112, 116-112, 114-114.
In 2016, Lomachenko moved up in weight class to junior lightweight to face Roman Martinez in just his seventh fight for his WBO world title.
The double-Olympic champion produced a lethal left-right combination to put Martinez straight to the floor. The referee did not even have to use his full count, waving the bout off.
It proved to be one of the knockouts of the year with the Ukrainian further asserting his dominance on the sport.
In 2018, he stepped up in weight-class again, this time to lightweight. He fought modern-day great Jorge Linares for his WBA and Ring magazine world lightweight titles.
The fight turned out to be a sensational showcase for boxing with Linares flooring Lomachenko in the sixth round with a strong right-hand.
However, Loma got back up from his feet and responded by mauling him down before stopping him in the 10th round with a sickening body shot.
With this win, Lomachenko became the quickest ever fighter to become a three-weight world champion - something which has now been beaten by Claressa Shields, who achieved the accomplishment in 10 fights.
Since then, he has collected the WBO and WBC lightweight titles with wins over Jose Pedraza, Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell.
How to watch Vasyl Lomachenko
In July 2013, it was announced that Lomachenko had signed with Top Rank Boxing, which is headed up by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. He put pen-to-paper on an extensive multi-year deal with the promotion.
All of Lomachenko's fights will either be shown on ESPN or ESPN+ in the USA, but if you wish to watch him in the UK, you will have to purchase a fight pass for FITE TV, or you can subscribe to join Top Rank Monthly.
For $4.99 per month, it will enable you to watch all upcoming live events from under the Top Rank umbrella.
Amateur career: An untouched record
Lomachenko is regarded as one of the greatest amateur fighters of all time. The Ukrainian won gold at both the Cadet European Championships and the Junior World Championships in 2004 and 2006, respectively.
In 2008, Lomachenko dominated the featherweight category at the Games in Beijing, beating five of his opponents by a clear 45-point margin.
This was his long-awaited crowning moment, after his disappointment a year prior at the World Championships. His winning formula continued with gold at the 2009 World Championships.
At the 2011 World Championships in Baku, Loma moved up in weight and fought at lightweight. This was because the featherweight category was removed from the competition.
Lomachenko was standing tall on the podium after capturing yet another gold medal. He repeated this achievement in London and became a double Olympic champion by beating Han Soon-Chul in the final.
Loma left the amateur ranks with an outstanding 396-1 record - his only defeat, against Albert Selimov, was avenged twice.
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