Opinion | May 13 2018

Vasyl Lomachenko – a new sensation 10 years in the making

After an extraordinary fight with Jorge Linares, now Vasyl Lomachenko has become an attraction, writes John Dennen
Vasyl Lomachenko
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WE knew Vasyl Lomachenko was good. Frankly we’ve known he was good for the last decade, when he was boxer of the tournament at the Beijing Olympic Games. He was outstanding when he won his second Olympic gold medal in 2012, at a second weight. In 11 fights he became a two-weight professional world champion, an extraordinary feat. He also showed admirable ambition, challenging for a WBO crown in just his second contest, which he actually lost to Orlando Salido.

He’s gone to a new, extraordinary level since then. On Saturday he beat Jorge Linares, who was probably the best lightweight in the world, to become a three-weight world champion, in his 12th pro bout and his first at 135lbs.

The calibre of Linares, the thrilling nature of the fight – Lomachenko was put down, rose and took out the Venezuelan, all within 10 rounds of excitement, power and tremendous skill demonstrated by both – all confirm this as a remarkable achievement.