Born this day: 32 year old Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko (Photo: PuzzlePix Photo Agency)

The exceptional Ukrainian boxer, Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1; 10 KOs) was born on February 17, 1988 in Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, a small town in Ukraine. He is one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time, and is also very success among pros.

Among other things, he is a two-time Olympic champion (2008 Beijing – featherweight; 2012 London – lightweight), two-time world champion,  European champion. He has an extraordinary amateur record, with 396 victories and only 1 defeat. Since his childhood, his father has been a coach who has deliberately prepared for his boxing career.

He started his professional career in featherweight in October 2013, earning the WBO International Championship title in his first fight. Then, in his second fight, he could fight for the World Championship title, but that proved to be too big a bite because he could not beat Orlando Salido, who beat the Ukrainian with a split decision. What failed against Salido in March 2014, he did against another very good boxer, Gary Russell Jr., three months later. By majority decision, Lomachenko became the WBO Featherweight World Champion in just his third professional fight on June 21, 2014. He defended his featherweight belt three times, and in June 2016,  against Roman Martinez, who was defeated by KO in the fifth round, for his super featherweight world championship belt. He successfully defended this belt four times and became a lightweight world champion in May 2018. Lomachenko defeated Jorge Linares and took his WBA (Super) lightweight World Championship belt, his next fight with Jose Pedraza’s WBO belt, and last August the vacant WBC belt against Luke Campbell.

In the meantime, he has been nominated by the WBC Franchise Champion, but still has a chance to be the undisputed champion in the lightweight. If all is true around May, then the IBF World Champion Teofimo Lopez will fight, and if he wins, he could be the belt of all four big organizations. This is Lomachenko’s current goal, which he focuses on and then decides on about the future.

The Ukrainian genius having won World Championship titles in three different division in just 12 games. Out of his 15 pro games so far, 14 was wolrd title fights and if he defeats Lopez he will be the undisputed champion in his 16th pro fight. In addition to a number of professional awards, BWAA and The Ring Magazine were selected as Boxers of the Year in 2017. He is currently the Lightweight Champion of The Ring Magazine and second on the P4P list (previously leading the list).