Vasyl Lomachenko meeting with top American promoters about potential pro boxing career

Scott Heavey

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and top amateur lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko will meet with American promoters as he considers a full-fledged professional career.

Amateur star Vasyl Lomachenko, who won gold medals in Beijing and London in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, is considering a professional career, according to the Associated Press, who report that Lomachenko and his manager will meet with Top Rank, Golden Boy, and Main Events soon.

Lomachenko, 25, has been a top amateur fighter for years now. In addition to his pair of Olympic gold medals, he also won gold at the European Amateur Championships (2008) and World Amateur Championships (2009, 2011), as well as silver in the 2007 Worlds.

Heavyweight gold medalist Oleksandyr Usyk, also of Ukraine, is traveling with Lomachenko and hoping to attract some attention, as well. The manager for the fighters says they're both free from AIBA's pro contracts. Their manager, Egis Klimas, also handles the careers of Sergey Kovalev and Evgeny Gradovich, a pair of fighters who have broken through recently.

If Lomachenko turns pro as it appears he will, expectations will by sky-high. He's a very, very gifted fighter, very technically sound, and was fairly dominant in both of his Olympic runs, really only given anything close to a real test by Cuba's Yasniel Toledo in London. He also defeated current Top Rank prospect Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico at last summer's games.

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