Vasyl Lomachenko’s gloves and gear are crammed into a large brown paper bag, and he wears the blue-and-yellow gear of the Ukrainian Olympic team when he arrives at the Wild Card Boxing Club.
As anybody who saw the most accomplished amateur boxer of his generation in the ring in Beijing or London could attest, Lomachenko has an inimitable style. He’ll continue to do things in a way no other fighters could imagine.
When the two-time Olympic gold medallist made his pro debut on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, he did justice to the hype surrounding him as he stopped Mexican Jose Ramirez, a tough rofessional fighter, in four rounds.
“If everything works out the way we hope, this kid will be the hottest thing in all of boxing,” said Bob Arum, his star-struck promoter. “I’ve seen some things I’ve never seen in my life. He could revolutionize the way things are done.”
Instead of a gradual move toward the top, Lomachenko is contractually guaranteed a 126-pound world title shot in his second fight if he wins his first, which he has.
After dominating the headgear-and-punch-scoring amateur version of the sport for several years, Lomachenko sees no reason he should wait. In fact, he insisted upon it when he interviewed promoters this summer.
“I want to make history,” Lomachenko said through his adviser and translator, Egis Klimas. “I don’t want to be just a regular great fighter. I want to be the best.”AP
If everything works out the way we hope, this kid will be the hottest thing in all of boxing