Vasyl Lomachenko Biography

(One of the Most Successful Amateur Boxers of All Time)

Birthday: February 17, 1988 (Aquarius)

Born In: Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi, Ukraine

Vasyl Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer who is the current WBA (Super) and 'The Ring' lightweight champion. He had earned the WBO International featherweight title in his first professional fight against José Ramírez, and following his only defeat so far to Orlando Salido in his second fight, won the vacant WBO featherweight title in his third fight against Gary Russell Jr. He then went on to win the WBO super featherweight title in his seventh professional bout against Román Martínez. Lomachenko, who has only appeared in 12 fights so far, is the fastest fighter ever to win three different weight class titles. He won four consecutive super featherweight title defenses via his opponent's retirement, which prompted his recent move to the lightweight division. Known for his exceptional hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity, athleticism, and footwork, he is being touted as the next boxing superstar. He also won two consecutive Olympics and World Championships during his amateur career with an incredible record of 396 wins and 1 loss.

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Hi-Tech, The Matrix, Loma

Also Known As: Vasyl Anatoliyovych Lomachenko

Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Elena Lomachenko

father: Anatoly Lomachenko

mother: Tetiana Lomachenko

children: Anatoly Lomachenko, Viktoriia Lomachenko

Born Country: Ukraine

Boxers Ukrainian Men

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males

Notable Alumni: Pedagogical University

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education: Pedagogical University

Childhood & Early Life
Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko was born on February 17, 1988 in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union.
He completed his education from South Ukrainian Pedagogical University and was coached in boxing by his father Anatoly Lomachenko.
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Amateur Career
Vasyl Lomachenko began his amateur career at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago with a win against Abner Cotto in the first round of the featherweight division. He reached the finals by defeating Theodoros Papazov, Arturo Santos Reyes and Li Yang. His opponent in the final was Russian boxer Albert Selimov and he lost to him by 11-16.
He avenged his defeat to Selimov by beating him in the first round at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He went on to win the gold medal and received the 'Val Barker Trophy' as the tournament's outstanding boxer.
He continued his successful run by winning every match at the 2008 European Championships. The following year, he again won the featherweight division title at the World Championships by easily defeating all his opponents by huge margins.
At the 2011 World Championships, he participated in the lightweight division and went on to earn another gold medal by defeating all his six opponents.
He continued his winning streak at the 2012 London Olympics and bagged his second consecutive Gold Medal by defeating South Korean boxer Han Soon-Chul in the final by 19–9.
Lomachenko, with his impressive amateur record of 396 wins and only one loss, competed in the lightweight division of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) briefly in the early 2013 before turning professional. However, some sources claim that his six WSB fights should be counted towards his professional record as padded headgear was not used and the rounds were scored using the ten-point must system.
Professional Career
Following his second Olympic gold medal win, Vasyl Lomachenko signed a contract with Top Rank and made his professional debut by defeating Mexican fighter José Ramirez via TKO in Nevada, US on October 12, 2013.
In an attempt to make world record, he challenged veteran boxer Orlando Salido for the World Boxing Organization's featherweight title, but lost to him at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on March 1, 2014.
Due to the fact that Salido had lost the featherweight title because of being overweight, the WBO officials arranged a fight between Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. to claim the title. Lomachenko defeated his opponent via majority decision in the 12th round at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on June 22, 2014 to become the new featherweight champion.
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His first fight to defend the title was against mandatory challenger, Thai boxer Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao on November 22, 2014. He won the fight easily by unanimous decision at the end of round 12, but injured his left hand in the seventh round.
The winner of the mandatory fight was slated to face Puerto Rican boxer Gamalier Rodriguez—who was on a 17-fight winning streak—at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2, 2015. Lomachenko, who had just signed a five-year-extension with Top Rank, again defended his title by defeating Rodriguez via a ninth-round KO victory, dominating the fight with speed and precision.
On November 7, 2015, he retained his featherweight title by winning an easy fight against Mexican fighter Romulo Koasicha at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Paradise, Nevada. Landing almost half of his punches, he earned a career high $750,000 for the fight.
Vasyl Lomachenko next decided to move to the super-featherweight division by challenging Román 'Rocky' Martínez, whom he knocked down in the 5th round to win the title on June 11, 2016. He dominated his first super-featherweight fight with superior footwork, hand speed and shots from different angles, and became the fastest boxer to win a world title in two weight divisions.
His first super-featherweight title defense was against unbeaten Jamaican boxer Nicholas Walters at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 26, 2016, which he won after Walters retired at the end of round seven. In a similar fashion, he retained his title after his opponent, WBA 'Regular' champion Jason Sosa, retired at the end of round 9 on April 8, 2017 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C.
His third WBO title defense against Colombian former featherweight world title challenger Miguel Marriaga at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on August 5, 2017 also ended in his opponent retiring after seventh round.
On December 9, 2017, in his next fight to defend the title, he fought against Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux. Guillermo retired prematurely and lost the bout to Lomachenko.
Unable to find opponents, Lomachenko moved up to the lightweight division for his next fight to face 'The Ring Magazine' lightweight champion Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden, New York City on May 12, 2018. He reportedly looked vulnerable for the second time in his career, surviving a round 6 knockdown, but won the fight via TKO in round 10 to claim the WBA (Super) and 'The Ring' lightweight titles.
With his latest win, he became the fastest fighter ever to win titles in 3 different weight classes. He is slated to defend his belts on August 25, 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, with a likely unification fight against WBO titleholder Raymundo Beltran.
Awards & Achievements
Vasyl Lomachenko is the fastest professional boxer to win three titles – featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight 12 fights. He previously won silver at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2008 European Championships, two consecutive gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and two consecutive gold at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.
Personal Life & Legacy
Vasyl Lomachenko is married to Elena Lomachenko. They have a son named Anatoly and a daughter.
Vasyl Lomachenko's father reportedly let him into the ring only after he attended ballet classes and took gymnastics lessons. If his father were not a boxing coach, he probably would have been a professional ice hockey player.

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