Vasyl Lomachenko most highly sublime skilled present day boxer aka "Hi-Tech" / "The Matrix" and arguably greatest amateur of all time SIGNED Ring Magazine edition, August 2017.
Vasyl Lomachenko aka "Hi-Tech" / "The Matrix"
Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (Ukrainian: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional. He has held the WBO super featherweight title since 2016, and previously the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2016; he won the latter title in his third professional fight.
Known for his excellent hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity, and lateral foot movement, Lomachenko is one of the most highly rated boxers in the sport today, as well as arguably the greatest amateur of all time. Competing in the featherweight and lightweight divisions as an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, consecutive golds at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and consecutive golds at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
As of May 2017, Lomachenko is ranked as the World's fourth best boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; and sixth by The Ring; and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. He is also ranked by all three as the World's best super featherweight. The Ring named Lomachenko as their Prospect of the Year in 2013. CBS Sports and HBO Sports named him Boxer of the Year in 2016.
A Ukrainian from the multi-ethnic port city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi in southern Ukraine, Lomachenko was coached by his father Anatoly from a young age. He claims that if his father had not been a boxing coach he probably would have chosen to play ice hockey professionally.
At the World Championships 2007 in Chicago he beat Abner Cotto in the first round, Theodoros Papazov, Arturo Santos Reyes, and Li Yang in the semifinal to reach a fight against Russian favourite Albert Selimov, another southpaw, to whom he lost, 11:16.
Lomachenko won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He avenged his 2007 World Championship defeat by Selimov in the first round. Lomachenko beat his five opponents by an astonishing 58-13 on the way to his first gold medal, and was subsequently named the outstanding boxer for the tournament and awarded the Val Barker Trophy.
In 2012 London Olympics he won his second consecutive Gold Medal. He defeated Han Soon-Chul of South Korea in the final by 19-9.
Lomachenko finished his amateur career with a career record of 396-1, with only loss, to Albert Selimov, avenged twice.
World Amateur Championships Results
*Defeated Abner Cotto (Puerto Rico) 26-9
*Defeated Theodoros Papazov (Greece) 19-5
*Defeated Mikhail Bernadski (Belarus) 21-6
*Defeated Arturo Santos Reyes (Mexico) RSCO 3
*Defeated Li Yang (China) 14-13
*Lost to Albert Selimov (Azerbaijan) 16-12
*Defeated Mario Aleksic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 16-2
*Defeated Craig Evans (Wales) 15-1
*Defeated Branimir Stankovic (Serbia) 8-2
*Defeated Oscar Valdez (Mexico) 12-1
*Defeated Sergey Vodopyanov (Russia) 12-1
*Defeated Lomalito Moala (Tonga) RSC 1
*Defeated José Ramírez (USA) 16-9
*Defeated Robson Conceicao (Brasil) 19-18 (originally lost *19-20 but decision was controversially overturned)
*Defeated Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) 18-10
*Defeated Domenico Valentino (Italy) 17-11
*Defeated Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) 17-12
Olympic Games Results
*Defeated Albert Selimov (Russia) 14-7
*Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov (Uzbekistan) 13-1
*Defeated Li Yang (China) 12-3
*Defeated Yakup Kılıç (Turkey) 10-1
*Defeated Khedafi Djelkhir (France) 9-1 RSC 1
*1st round bye
*Defeated Wellington Arias (Dominican Republic) 15-3
*Defeated Félix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) 14-9
*Defeated Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) 14-11
*Defeated Han Soon-Chul (Republic of Korea) 19-9
European Championships Results
*Defeated Vladimir Nikiforov (Estonia) 10-0
*Defeated David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) 10-2
*Defeated Hicham Ziouti (France) 2-1
*Defeated Araik Ambartsumov (Russia) 7-1.
After winning the second gold medal, Lomachenko made the decision to turn pro. After meeting with several fight promoters, Lomachenko signed a contract to fight for Top Rank. Lomachenko made his professional debut in United States 12 October 2013 as part of the undercard to the Timothy Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez main event defeating Mexican fighter José Ramirez with a fourth round knockout.
Orlando Salido vs Vasyl Lomachenko, was a bout for the WBO World title. The bout was held on March 1, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The fight was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Had Lomachenko won the bout, he would have broken the record set by Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin, who won a junior welterweight World title in his third pro fight in 1975.
Lomachenko lost a controversial split decision despite landing 164 punches out of 441 vs 142 punches out of 645 for Salido. Two judges had it for Salido, 116–112 and 115–113, while the third had it for Lomachenko 115–113. ESPN.com had it 114–114. Lomachenko, for his part, stated he felt the decision was "fair" and accepted blame for not following through with his corner's game plan, promising to learn from the experience and come back stronger.
According to Boxing Insider, "Seriously, the guy had one fight – just one fight – to his name when he got a crack at the WBO Featherweight title. It was unheard of. It was beyond unheard of. In fact, it was literally a first." thus the attempt still being a record of its own.
Many boxing magazines mentioned that the referee allowed Salido to deliver an inordinate number of low blows. Salido was also criticized for failing to make weight and some sources stipulated that he did so intentionally, as well as coming back much heavier than Lomachenko on the fight night.
"He was fighting a full welterweight, getting hit in the balls all night, in only his second pro bout, and he still almost came back to win." - Machine Levine, Punch Lines Podcast
Lomachenko vs Russell, Jr.
On June 22, 2014, Lomachenko defeated Gary Russell, Jr. via twelve round majority decision to win the vacant WBO Featherweight Title. In doing so he joined Saensak Muangsurin as the fastest fighter to win a World title, accomplishing the feat in just his third professional bout.
Lomachenko vs Piriyapinyo
Lomachenko made his first title defence against mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand. This fight took place on the undercard of the Pacquiao vs Algieri on HBO PPV bout. Lomachenko handled his opponent easily, hurting him a few times and scoring a knockdown at the end of the fourth round. In the seventh round, Lomachenko stopped using his left hand; it was later confirmed that he injured that hand. Lomachenko won a unanimous decision with the scores of 120-107 on all three of the judges' scorecards.
Lomachenko vs.Rodriguez, Koasicha
Lomachenko successfully defeated Gamalier Rodriguez via knockout in Round 9 on the under-card of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao
Lomachenko returned on the Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios under-card on HBO. He overwhelmed, dominated and stopped Romulo Koasicha in the tenth round on a body shot.
Lomachenko vs Martinez
Following a third successful defence, Lomachenko, still the reigning WBO featherweight champion decided to move up weight to super featherweight to challenge Roman 'Rocky' Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) for his WBO super featherweight title on June 11 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. Lomachenko became the fastest boxer to win a World title in two weight divisions knocking out Martinez in the 5th round of the World title fight. Lomachenko dominated the fight from the start with superior footwork, hand speed and slick punching from different angles. According to CompuBox research, Lomachenko out-landed Martinez 87 to 34. After the fight, Lomachenko called out Orlando Salido, "Hey Salido, I'm ready to fight you at any time, before the Vargas fight, I told him to win the fight but I never told him I wasn't going to fight him if he didn't, so let's do it. I want to revenge Salido for my fans and give them a win over him."
Lomachenko vs Walters
After failing to make the fight happen earlier in the year, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti confirmed on September 28 that Lomachenko would defend his WBO title against 30 year old unbeaten Jamaican boxer Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 26 on HBO.
After Lomachenko dominated the first six rounds with his movement, he threw more combination punches in the sixth which left Walters visibly shaken. Lomachenko won the fight after Walters retired on his stool at the end of the seventh round. Upon returning to his corner, Walters got up and walked to referee Tony Weeks, where he reiterated twice he did not want to continue. A lot of boos followed the confirmation of the fight result as Walters seemed to back himself up for not returning for round 7, blaming his inactivity in the ring, "Listen to me, if I get the chance to fight two or three fights leading up to this fight, I'll definitely take him on in different circumstances where we are more active and definitely beat him but it was all him tonight... he fought me with three fights this year. So it was all him tonight... Nothing take away from him, he's a very good fighter, I learned a lot from fighting him and it was seven rounds of beautiful boxing until my corner decided to end it."
Compubox stats showed Lomachenko landed 114 of 437 punches thrown (26 percent) while Walters landed 49 of 264 (19 percent). Lomachenko earned his first $1 million purse. Following the post fight, Arum told ESPN, he would like to make a rematch with Salido next, followed by a lightweight title fight against Terry Flanagan and then a super fight with Manny Pacquiao. The fight drew 761,000 viewers on HBO.
Lomachenko vs Sosa
On February 2, 2017, Bob Arum spoke to ESPN. After failing to make a match up with WBA 'Super' champion Jezreel Corrales, he announced Lomachenko's next fight would take place on April 8 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C., in a featherweight unification against WBA 'Regular' champion Jason Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs). This would have been Sosa's third defence of his secondary title, but on February 16, he vacated the title. Lomachenko weighed 129.6 pounds. Sosa weighed in at 130.4 pounds, he then stripped down naked and still over weighed at 130.2 and was given the time to trim the extra weight. He later returned to the Maryland commission’s scale and successfully made weight exactly 130 pounds allowing himself to challenge for the WBO title. The fight headlined HBO “World Championship Boxing”. Lomachenko successfully retained his WBO title for a second time after Sosa failed to return for round 10 when his trainer pulled him out. The bout was similar to Lomachenko's previous fight with Walters, who also pulled out. Lomachenko's flashy style and fast combinations won him the rounds. Sosa appeared more hurt in round 8 when he was hit hard on the body.
Sosa was the most successful opponent Lomachenko had fought since Salido in terms of landing punches. He landed 68 of his 286 thrown (24%). Lomachenko landed 275 of 696 punches (40%). Sosa's trainer, Raul Rivas explained why he pulled him out of the fight, "It was an accumulation of too many punches. I didn't want to get Jason hurt. He was out of the fight." Lomachenko said he wanted to follow this victory by only fighting current World champions at super featherweight for a chance to unify the division or he would move up lightweight. The fight peaked at 886,000 viewers HBO and averaged 832,000 viewers. These numbers showed an increase in viewership for Lomachenko from his last fight on HBO against Walters.
Lomachenko vs Marriaga
On June 30, 2017 Top Rank announced that a deal was in place for Lomachenko to make a third defence of his WBO title against Colombian former featherweight World title challenger Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), who was coming off a loss and moving up to super featherweight. It was confirmed that the fight would take place live on ESPN on August 5, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Carl Moretti of Top Rank stated that Salido had initially turned down a $720,000 purse to fight Lomachenko in a rematch. But when his financial needs were met, there was weight issues.