Vasyl Lomachenko: ‘All fighters think about their legacy. I’m no different’

Lomachenko won 396 fights and two Olympic gold medals as an amateur. His next aim is to beat Jorge Linares and become a three-weight world champion after just 12 professional fights

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines

Vasyl Lomachenko may be the most talented boxer of his generation. As an amateur, he won two Olympic gold medals and lost just one of his 397 fights. In the professional ranks, he won a world title in his third fight, became a two-weight world champion after just seven fights, and has forced his last four opponents to retire on their stools. Boxers don’t tend to quit, but they do when Lomachenko is in the opposite corner.

The Ukrainian should be celebrated the world over but global acclaim has not come his way. Does the lack of recognition ever bother him? Sitting at his home in California, he pauses briefly before responding. “Yes. I’ll be honest, I’m getting a bit frustrated. Every fighter thinks about their legacy and I’m not any different.”

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