Could he rule MMA? Watch young star Vasyl Lomachenko dominate in wrestling, judo and sambo (video)
Video of pound for pound boxing star Vasyl Lomachenko dominating as a young wrestler has fans astonished at the talent the 11, 12 and 13 year-old possessed at an alternative discipline back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Now 29 and with world titles under his belt at featherweight and super-featherweight, Lomachenko is on the verge of becoming the biggest star in boxing as the Ukrainian weaves his way through the divisions.
In his latest victory, Lomachenko completely out-boxed, albeit a much-smaller Guillermo Rigondeaux but it’s since been argued that if both were the same size the result still would have been a one-side points win for the current WBN P4P #2.
Several clips have been fashioned together by an unknown source and uploaded to the internet, showing a slight Lomachenko defeating much bigger opponents in masterful style.
Lomachenko was an expert at Grego-Roman, Sambo and Judo during his younger years before eventually taking up boxing and winning Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
Almost 400 victories in the vest and head guard against a solitary loss to Albert Selimov, Lomachenko was widely regarded as one of the best amateur boxers of all time before turning pro with Bob Arum in 2013.
A world title followed in just Lomachenko’s third contest and he’s never looked back since.
Without boxing, it seems Lomachenko could have had his choice of career in many other sports, although the man himself stated he’d have rather turned professional at ice hockey than anything else.
— Hi-Tech Lomachenko (@VasylLomachenko) May 4, 2017
In May of 2017, Lomachenko jokingly sent out a tweet asking fans and UFC star Conor McGregor if they believe he just cross codes, but with a boxing career still in progress and massive checks to follow, ‘Hi-Tech’ is set to be around the game a lot longer before any talk of a run in MMA comes to fruition – joke or not.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay