“Only 17 fights and so much ambition.” Is Lomachenko really an overrated boxer?
Sergey Sorokin May 22, 2023, 14:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Vasily’s career as a professional turned out to be not as great as in the amateurs.
Last weekend, Vasyl Lomachenko suffered the third loss of his career. He lost a unanimous decision to undefeated American Devin Haney. But, it is worth noting that the verdict turned out to be highly controversial, as many professional boxers and experts have already pointed out. The Ukrainian had one of the best fights in recent years, but still lost. And at home, unexpectedly, he was subjected to a flurry of criticism.
Ivan Redkach, who is also a professional boxer, did his best. The Ukrainian attacked his compatriot with harsh criticism: “Unfortunately, Vasya himself is partly to blame for this. He is a stranger here, and to many, very arrogant. He’s not even an immigrant to boxing. He put on a crown and was over everyone’s moon, he doesn’t communicate with anyone except Usyk and his team. Closed, vulnerable, but with ego. Only 17 fights, and so much ambition. Lopez broke it, they just polished it here. And his manager is such that he doesn’t want to give his fighter a win. And that’s a fact.”
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Frankly speaking, Redkach’s claims seem strange. First, Lomachenko has a phenomenal amateur career behind him. 397 battles – 396 of them ended in victories! Vasily has two golds at the Olympics – in Beijing and London. Twice the Ukrainian won the World Cup, once again – the European Championship. Not every athlete can boast of such a track record.
The main reason Lomachenko has only 18 fights at the professional level is a late start. Vasily had his first duel by himself at the age of 25. And most importantly, the Ukrainian has never fought for the show. Just look at the list of opponents and his professional history. Loma defeated Gary Russell Jr., Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell, Jamaine Ortiz. His loss to Orlando Salido is still considered controversial. And with Teófimo López not everything was so simple.
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Lomachenko is great. At 35, he is boxing on equal terms with the absolute world champion. Also, Vasily performs above his natural category. He began his professional journey at featherweight and then worked his way up. Opponents have a size advantage, a broader arm. But with them, the Ukrainian looks powerful, in no way inferior. And most importantly, it is difficult to blame him for the “crown on his head.” Especially after Lomachenko cried bitterly in the locker room after losing to Haney.
It’s doubly strange that it was Redkach who made such serious claims. A boxer who has been in the professional ring since 2006, but only has 12 more fights. In addition, Ivan lost twice as many times – six times. And it’s hard to even talk about comparing the level of opposition.