The Ukrainian was crying, the Russian was being rude. The only trilogy in Lomachenko’s career
Alexander Frolov May 17, 2023, 14:40 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Selimov inflicted Vasily’s first defeat in boxing.
On the evening of May 21, the famous Vasily Lomachenko will celebrate his jubilee – the twentieth fight in the professional ring. The two-time Olympic champion from Ukraine will try to become the undisputed lightweight world champion. The veteran will face the most difficult fight of his career: the opponent is the young and undefeated Devin Haney, who not only has the highest skill, but also enormous dimensions. Almost no one bets on Lomachenko, because the Ukrainian’s only obvious asset is experience.
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Yes, Haney had even more fights in the professional ring, but he didn’t even have an amateur career like Lomachenko had. The Ukrainian fought almost 400 fights as an amateur and only lost once! Interestingly, Vasily suffered the only loss from Albert Selimov, a boxer then representing Russia. In total, the guys had three fights with each other, each of which became an ornament of amateur boxing. Let’s remember the famous trilogy.
Albert Selimov – Vasily Lomachenko
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In 2007, Lomachenko was not yet a boxing star, but everyone knew about the talent of the young Ukrainian. Vasily turned out to be too good at the junior and youth levels: his dominance over his peers turned out to be so great that they tried to rush him to adult competitions. Lomachenko’s first big start was the World Championships, where he easily and beautifully reached the semifinals. There I had to play with the Chinese Li Yang, but Vasily still reached the final.
Selimov was waiting for the Ukrainian there: also a young athlete, but with more experience and physical development. Although Lomachenko gave the Russian a competitive fight, he couldn’t beat Albert. Selimov missed the semifinal due to an opponent’s injury and retained much more strength, moreover, he chose a competent game plan and confidently defeated Vasily with a score of 16:11. The happy Russian became world champion, but Lomachenko could not hold back her tears when the results were announced.
Soon Vasily and Albert met again – the draw brought together the boxers for the first fight at the 2008 Olympics. And then Lomachenko took revenge: he outpaced the Russian, forced him to retire and constantly caught him with counterpunching. Selimov lost his temper, at the end of the fight he began to act carelessly and rightfully lost with a score of 7-14. Angered, Albert rudely refused to shake his opponent’s hand and quickly left the ring. A little later, a Ukrainian and a Russian almost got into a fight in the Olympic Village.
The third time Lomachenko and Selimov met only five years later at the WSB semi-professional tournament. Vasily then already became the most successful amateur boxer on the planet – two Olympic gold medals and a prize package with a lower rank spoke for themselves. Albert could not boast of such successes, his career was just beginning to go downhill. However, in the WSB framework, Selimov remained undefeated and vowed to complete the trilogy with the Ukrainian with a win.
Now Lomachenko assures that he has not lost as a professional:
“I’m undefeated if you understand boxing.” Why is Lomachenko fooling himself?
By the way, Albert played for the Azerbaijan team; he will soon officially change his sports citizenship. Alas, it was simply impossible to cope with the then Lomachenko – a native of Kaspiysk seriously exhausted the Ukrainian athlete, but still lost by a separate decision of the judges. Soon Selimov will quietly end his career, but Vasily will go to professional boxing, where he will win two belts. And in a few days Lomachenko can become the absolute champion.