Meet The Only Man To Have Got The Better Of Vasyl Lomachenko
Introducing the only man to beat Vasyl Lomachenko in the amateur ranks.
Before becoming a decorated professional boxer, Lomachenko cleaned up amateur titles at an alarming rate. We're talking not one but TWO Olympic gold medals.
A double Olympic champion (Beijing 2008 & London 2012), 'Hi-Tech' registered a staggering 396-1 (!!) amateur record.
Just one fighter boasts a victory over Lomachenko as an amateur and he goes by the name of Albert Selimov.
In the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago, the gold medal match-up was between the Russian boxer and Lomachenko.
Selimov out-pointed his counterpart 16-11 to pick up a gold medal with Lomachenko experiencing his first and only amateur defeat.
:x: Highlights from Vasyl Lomachenko's only amateur defeat - to Albert Selimov at the 2007 World Championships.- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 9, 2019
Loma went on to avenge this loss twice and ended his amateur career with a record of 396-1. pic.twitter.com/oDA36aGZ25
The sole stain on his amateur record, having won the rest of his match-ups while donning a head-guard.
However, it didn't take long to avenge the loss. In fact, the Ukrainian evened the score, and some, by beating him twice, most notably at the 2008 Olympic in Beijing.
He met Selimov in the first-round in 2008 and advanced to the next round by out-pointing him 14-7. He ultimately went all the way, and secured his first of two Olympic gold medal.
Whilst Selimov snubbed a move to the professional rank, his name remains synonymous to Lomachenko's amateur legacy.
Of course, he bagged another Olympic gold medal in London cementing his status as the greatest amateur boxer of all-time.
The 30-year-old has since carved out an incredible professional career, too.
LOMA WINS! Lomachenko stops Anthony Crolla in the 4th round! pic.twitter.com/4NPGTMt8oi- Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) April 13, 2019
He claimed a world title in just his third bout, then became a two-weight world champion four fights later.
And now, after a dominant destruction of Anthony Crolla to retain both his WBO and WBA (Super) lightweight titles in Los Angeles, Lomachenko is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and it doesn't look like anyone is able to stop him.