If you are more of an MMA fan and don’t really follow boxing beyond transcendent super-fights or mega Pay-per-view events, you might not yet be familiar with the prodigious pugilistic talents of the Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko.
If this is the case, trust us, you are missing out.
A two-time Olympic gold medallist and one of the greatest amateurs of all time, Lomachenko turned pro in October of 2013. Unlike many quality amateurs, ‘Hi-Tech’ wasn’t about to let his promoters handle him with kid gloves and he demanded challenges from the get go. In his first fight, he fought Jose Ramirez, who at that time sported a 25-3 record, and stopped the Mexican inside four rounds. In his second fight, he fought for an alphabet title against grizzled, tough and in-form veteran Orlando Salido, a man who already had 41 wins to his name. He dropped a split decision but many felt he could have gotten the nod.
Since then, Lomachenko has looked utterly sensational. In his very next fight, he completely outclassed the very talented and then 24-0 Gary Russell Jr. to claim a featherweight strap.
Three wins later, he jumped to super-featherweight(130lbs) and claimed another title by demolishing respected veteran Roman Martinez.
In his most recent outing, the 29-year-old magician picked apart and stopped the previously unbeaten Nicholas Walters, one of the most feared punchers in boxing’s lighter weight classes.
Just 8 fights into his pro career, the mesmerising Lomachenko is already rated on pretty much every respected pound for pound list and is seen by many as an all-time great.
So that’s the down low on the latest boxer to call out UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Over the weekend, Lomachenko tweeted out a picture of himself bizarrely clad in a ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ outfit along with the words, “@TheNotoriousMMA NinjaTurtle Lomachelo waiting for you in the ring. I can test you.”
— LOMA (@VasylLomachenko) March 11, 2017
We sense that this may be a little tongue in cheek.
Regardless, Conor McGregor’s attention at this point seems solely focused on another of boxing’s elite, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
So hard luck ‘Loma’, back to gliding around the ring and making world class boxers look like inept novices for you.