By Wilmar Patino:
Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1 4KO’S) will be fighting Nicholas Walters (26-0-1 21KO’S) in a junior lightweight title bout Nov. 26 at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on HBO. There has been a lot of talk from experts and fans about the outcome and possible results of this mouthwatering clash. Some favor Nicholas Walter’s size and pro experience over Vasyl Lomachneko’s Olympic achievements and unique skill set. In only 7 pro fights, Vasyl Lomachenko has fought for 3 world titles, and became a 2 time champion. Today, we take a quick look at all of Vasyl Lomachenko’s fights in search of a better understanding of what will take place on Nov. 26.
Vasyl Lomachenko made his professional boxing debut on October 12, 2013 vs Jose Ramirez. Lomachenko displayed his beautiful footwork and speed on that night. Winning in impressive fashion by Knocking out his much more professionally experienced opponent in the 4th round. This led to his WBO world featherweight title fight against the veteran and always game Orlando Salido. This proved to be a learning experience as Orland Salido landed a significant amount of low blows through the night and never got deducted a point. Salido’s veteran tactics proved to be effective as he would rough up Lomachenko every chance he had, and managed to eke out a split decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko. Fortunately for Lomachenko he was immediately pitted against Garry Russel Jr. for the vacant WBO featherweight title that was stripped from Salido for not meeting the weight limit in his previous fight with Lomachenko. At the time Gary Russel Jr. was the small favorite and not proven himself at the top level, but this made the fight all that more intriguing and soon we were left in awe at the wonderful skills of Vasyl Lomachenko. He looked quicker than the speedy Russell Jr and put on a boxing exhibition for those watching. Easily defeating Gary Russelll Jr in a unanimous decision victory. Becoming 1 of only 2 men to accomplish winning a world title within their first 3 pro fights.
Vasyl Lomachenko would then go on to defend his WBO title 3 times against the likes of Suriya Tatakhun, Gamalier Rodriguez, and Romulo Koasicha. In all 3 title defenses Vasyl Lomachenko looked spectacular. He won a unanimous decision vs long time veteran Suriya Tatakhun, and had knockout wins over Rodriguez, and Koasicha. Securing his status as a great boxer and possibly the best fighter in the featherweight division. Soon after team Lomachenko decided to move up in weight and challenge WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez. At the time it seemed to be a risk for Lomachenko at such an early stage of his career to move up in weight, and challenge another champion. After the first bell rang it proved to be a wise choice for team Lomachenko. As Vasyl Lomachenko broke down Roman Martinez and eventually knocked him out in the 5th round with a beautiful left uppercut, right hook combination. This was an athletic display of skills and boxing brilliance that we may have never witnessed before. This win catapulted him to top 10 pound for pound status and gave him exposure to boxing fans around the world.
So now after such a meteoric rise to his young career, Vasyl Lomachenko takes yet another challenge as Nicholas walters agreed to figh the current champion for the WBO super featherweight championship of the world on Nov. 26. We have spoken to you about some of Lomachenko’s training methods and sheer discipline when it comes to the sweet science. Now we take a look back and prepare for the future of a potential legend. Will Nicholas size and power prevail? Or will we see the beginning of a legend in the making? These questions will be answered soon, and we can better assess the greatness of what is to come from the winner of this magea bout. In the meantime enjoy a video of every professional boxing fight of Vasyl Lomachenko’s incredible career. As always make sure to come back to smackhisface.com for more.