Vasyl Lomachenko is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time world amateur champion, and back in 2014 he had one the highest expectations of any boxer turning pro. After only one pro fight he managed to get himself a shot at the WBO featherweight title.
It seemed like it was too much too soon for the Ukrainian boxer as Orlando Salido defeated him to put an early blemish in his pro boxing record. Yet Lomachenko has almost 400 amateur fights to his name, making him the most experienced pro boxer with the least pro fights under his belt.
Since then Lomachenko has been on a five win fight run, including his most recent impressive victory over Roman “Rocky” Martinez, to win the junior lightweight title. This was his first HBO event and Lomachenko put on a show for the cameras, Martinez simply could not match the speed, angles and movement of he former Olympic medalist.
“Muhammad Ali is the greatest of all time… We have a lot of great champions at Top Rank, but Vasyl Lomachenko is the greatest in our time. What a spectacular performance.” – Top Rank promoter Bob Arum
It’s already been hailed KO of the year and it seems that Lomachenko is back on track to dominate the boxing scene. He is certainly is a masterclass in boxing to watch, and is up there with the best technical boxers such as Gennady Golovkin or Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Andre Ward.
“I’ve forgotten about this loss, I want revenge against Salido for my fans,” @vasyllomachenko says, dedicated win to Ali.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) June 12, 2016