Vasyl Lomachenko was compiling an astonishing record of three hundred ninety six wins with only a single loss before turning pro. His amateur record is backed up with victories at the World Championships and gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Vasyl Lomachenko’s reputation precedes him so, that when he became a professional in 2013 he was already touted among the best boxers in the world, and he delivered. He knocked out his opponent easily in the fourth.
The second fight in his career had been already for a world title against Orlando Salido. Contrary to his pro record, he left no traces of ineptitude in the ring. Vasyl Lomachenko versus Orlando Salido was a stellar match for the WBO Featherweight title.
Vasyl Lomachenko started slow, perhaps due to Orlando Salido’s weight gain. That night he was practically fighting at welterweight, as Salido hydrated so much overnight. He even missed the weight limit and took advantage of it during the match.
Lomachenko was able turn the tide around late in the match, but lost in a controversial split decision. It was a fight he could have won, or, should have won. Had he won the title that night, it would have made history for being the only boxer to win a world title in only his second bout.
The Russian prizefighter has since won six more fights, and fulfilled his dream to become world champion in his next fight, defeating the talented Gary Russel, Jr.
He is now considered among the best, most versatile boxers today. Yet Orland Salido remains a dent in his outstanding record.
Rumor has it that Orlando Salido is pursuing a rematch with Lomachenko following his fight with Francisco Vargas that ended in a draw. Sean Gibbons, manager to Orlando Salido said:
“Orlando told me, ‘all I’m hearing from Lomachenko is why I beat him the first time and I’m not making any excuses- but I want him at 100-percent. Lomachenko hasn’t even seen 100-percent of me and he has the belt that rightfully belongs to me. I beat Rocky Martinez, that belt is my belt. I beat Lomachenko, I beat Martinez and I’m coming to get that WBO belt.”
But Salido never won against Martinez. He lost his title to him in April 2015 and only managed a draw in their subsequent fight in September. Vasyl Lomachenko destroyed Roman Martinez last month.
Sean Gibbons said, “Orlando Salido told me to tell Fernando Beltran-our promoter- to make a deal with Bob Arum. We want Lomachenko.”
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