Friday, 29 November 2013 15:16

Vasyl Lomachenko: Boxer with 1-0 record to fight for major world title

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On October 12 on the Marquez vs Bradley undercard, 25 year old Ukrainian southpaw featherweight sensation Vasyl Lomachenko made his pro debut, impressively stopping a seasoned Jose Ramirez (then 25-3, 15 KO) in four rounds.
Now the young man is preparing to challenge the hungry, hard-nosed Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28KOs) on March 1 for the latter's WBO featherweight title.

(Image courtesy of Top Rank)

Although Salido's natural boxing skills and technique are not on the elite level, his pure grit, relentlessness and tenacity make him one of the toughest fighters in the sport.

Salido has been the ring with the likes of Mikey Garcia, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Robert Guerrero and Cesar Soto, and has stopped JuanMa Lopez inside the distance twice.

Can Lomachenko compete with this 33 year old champion who is as 'tough as nails' and seen it all in the ring?


However, vying for a major world title after just one pro fight is unprecedented in boxing.

Nevertheless, Lomachenko is not the typical 1-0 fighter. He had a mind-blasting 396-1 amateur record, even avenging his sole loss.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), Lomachenko is being touted as the greatest amateur fighter ever by Top Rank's Bob Arum. 

Already in training, Salido told BoxingScene, "There is already an agreement, almost everything is ready. During the show in China, Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran and Sean Gibbons discussed [the fight] and reached an agreement."

"I think [Lomachenko] already realized that being a professional is not the same as being in the amateurs. The dressing [on the hand] is different and he hurt his hand [against Ramirez]."

"I'm very hungry, I need to win [so I can move up and] get a title at super featherweight. He fought with someone who was smaller than him. I am strong, I have the heart of a lion. Anything can be said, but on that day he will encounter a rock," said Salido."

Salido vs Lomachenko will be broadcast on HBO and serve as the co-main event on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera 2 card.
Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.