What was Vasiliy Lomachenko’s amateur record? Who beat the Ukrainian genius during his Olympic years?

Vasiliy Lomachenko will attempt to collect the only lightweight belt he’s yet to hold – the IBF title – when he faces George Kambosos in Perth on May 12.

Lomachenko has a strong case for being regarded as one of the finest pound-for-pound boxers of the 21st century, even if his 17-3 (11 KOs) record looks fairly modest on the surface to be considered in such company.

However, taking the 36-year-old’s resume at face value disregards the unique nature of his professional career.

Lomachenko was thrown into a world-title fight in just his second pro outing, where he suffered a split-decision loss to Orlando Salido. In his third, he beat the previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr to lift the WBO featherweight title.

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That was the start of a 13-fight winning streak that saw him reign across three divisions before losing to Teofimo Lopez in 2020.

The Ukrainian master was able to be fast-tracked to such an extent because of an amateur career that has attained almost mythic status.

What was Vasiliy Lomachenko’s amateur record?

Lomachenko’s imperious run in a Ukraine vest took in featherweight gold at the Beijing Olympics and lightweight gold at London 2012. He was also crowned world champion at featherweight and lightweight respectively in 2009 and 2011.

These were the high points of an astonishing record widely claimed to stand at 396 victories and one defeat.

The overall number of bouts Lomachenko fought as an amateur is ultimately hard to verify with complete certainty. He boxed at various levels for a long time, first catching the eye in his teens as a junior flyweight and flyweight at European and world level.

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Nevertheless, his record in official national and international competitions stands at an astonishing 85-1. This begs the obvious question, who was the one?

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Who beat Vasiliy Lomachenko as an amateur?

The anomaly in Lomachenko’s vast collection of amateur gold medals came at the 2007 world championships in Chicago, where he took home featherweight silver.

In the computer scoring era, he lost the final 16-11 to Russian southpaw Albert Selimov.

Revenge was sweet when the opportunity arrived, with Lomachenko beating Selimov 14-7 in the opening round of the 2008 Olympics.

He had to wait until after his second Olympic triumph to take on Selimov in a rubber match, beating his rival in a 2013 World Series of Boxing clash for Ukraine Otamans. 

Lomachenko had taken care of business once and for all. It was time to turn professional.

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