Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko is fighting for a featherweight title this Saturday against American Gary Russell Jr., in just his third fight as a professional. Not only would a belt avenge a tough loss to Orlando Salido in his last fight, but it would mean Lomachenko is well on the way to making as big a dent in the pro boxing scene as he made as an amateur. How big a dent did he make then? Well …
He went 396-1 as an amateur.
That is not a typo.
The only guy who ever beat him, Russian Albert Selimov? Lomachenko beat Selimov later. Twice.
OK, we’ll stop talking about the record itself and just mention that it included two Olympic gold medals.
His torso tattoo screams, “this is not a guy you want to mess with.”
But he finds time for lighter pursuits, too. Such as fishing:
… and time with his son.
He’s from Ukraine, but he’s warmed up to the United States. Whether it’s the sports:
The cultural icons:
Or the finest cuisine:
… he’s a natural in the States – not to mention a man of many interests. But ultimately for Lomachenko, it’s about boxing…
… And training for boxing.
And no matter what he’s doing, his father and coach, Anatoly, is by his side.
Even when it bores him.