Vasyl Lomachenko, the former world lightweight champion, has seemingly lost his dominant position in the 135 lbs roster. After losing his world titles recently, he is now opting for non-title bouts to get back in the groove.
Besides, Lomachenko’s 14-2 professional record pales in comparison to several boxers who are still undefeated and have competed in more bouts.
However, Lomachenko’s boxing story goes back to the amateur days, and the Ukrainian boxer has been a top-tier athlete in the sport even before he became a professional.
While most boxers embrace fame in their pro journey, Loma’s rise to stardom came during his amateur days for some unique reasons.
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He holds one of the most intriguing resumes in amateur history, which includes his achievements in the Olympics. Although Vasyl Lomachenko is now looking to regain his championship in the pro ride, his amateur journey continues to make headlines. Here’s a look back at it.
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Vasyl Lomachenko- His sensible run as an amateur
According to the reports by Box Rec, ‘Loma’ scored 396 wins with just one loss in the amateur circuit. It sent the whole combat world into a frenzy.
The Ukrainian boxer grabbed the junior flyweight European U-17 championship in 2004. A Junior world championship win followed it in 2006, and Lomachenko beat Sergey Vodopyanov to attain the stature.
Meanwhile, Vasyl Lomachenko continued the dominance with a silver medal at the (Seniors) World championship in 2007. He competed from the featherweight unit and became eligible for Beijing Olympics in 2008.
As these accolades already reflect a legendary resume for Lomachenko, he kept on adding medals to the list. Here’s a look at all the major medals he has claimed in his amateur ride.
He won the gold at the 2012 Olympic Games, gold at the 2011 AIBA World Championship, gold at the 2010 National Championship. If that’s not enough, he further secured gold medals in the 2009 AIBA World Championship, 2009 National Championship, 2008 Olympic Games – Gold, 2008 Continental Championship – Gold, 2007.
Apart from that, he had also won silver at the AIBA World Championship 2006. Besides, Lomachenko has won a few more gold medals in other championships, before bidding farewell to his amateur career.
The 33-year-old has proved his worth as a boxer and even at this age, he still has the will to become a world champion. That said, Lomachenko has preserved his spot as an all-time great in the sport’s history.
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