Vasyl Anatoliyovych Lomachenko (; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is a former world champion in three weight classes, having held the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2015. He also won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. As of January 2021, he is ranked as the world’s sixth best active boxer, pound for pound, by ESPN.
About Vasyl Lomachenko in brief
Vasyl Anatoliyovych Lomachenko ; also spelled Vasiliy; born 17 February 1988) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is a former world champion in three weight classes, having held the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2015. He also won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He has won several awards by media outlets throughout his career. As of January 2021, he is ranked as the world’s sixth best active boxer, pound for pound, by ESPN and seventh by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring. He won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2008 European Championships, and consecutive gold at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. He made his professional debut in 2013. He ties the record with Saensak Muangsurin for winning a world title in the fewest professional fights, winning the WBO featherweight title in his third fight. In November 2017, boxing website The Sweet Science conducted a readers’ poll to determine the amateur boxer regarded by the public as the all-time best. Along with Laszlo Pappas, Felix Savon, Mark Teofilo Stevenson, and Guillermo Rigondeaux, he won a plurality, having led with nearly one-third of the total votes cast. He finished his extensive amateur career with an impressive record of 396 wins and only one loss, to Albert Selimov, which was avenged twice. He was named the outstanding boxer of the tournament and awarded the Val Barker Trophy.
He claims that if his father had not been a boxing coach he probably would have chosen to play ice hockey professionally. In 2013, he was named Boxer of the Year by CBS Sports and HBO Sports, and Fighter of the year by The Ring and ESPN. In 2014, he became the first Ukrainian boxer to win two world titles in the same year. He competed in the lightweight division of the World Series of Boxing from January to May 2013, winning two gold medals in the process. He moved up to the featherweight division in 2015, and won two more gold medals at the lightweight World Championships in 2011 and 2012. In 2016, he moved to the junior lightweight division, winning three more golds at the European Championships in Liverpool. In 2017, he defeated Han Soon-Chul of South Korea in the final, 19–9, and was a strong candidate to win a second Olympic gold medal for a second time, but was edged out by welterweight gold medal winner, Serik Sapiyev, of Kazakhstan. In 2018, he defended his WBO junior lightweight title in a rematch with Han Soon- Chul, winning by a split decision. He then became the unified WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring magazine lightweight titles between 2018 to October 2020. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children. He works as a boxing trainer and trainer for the boxing team, The Lomiak Boxing Academy.