Vasyl Lomachenko expected to sign with Top Rank

Scott Heavey

Top amateur and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko is expected to sign a pro deal with Top Rank, according to Ukrainian media.

About a month after it was reported that he was meeting with various American promoters, it appears as though amateur boxing superstar Vasyl Lomachenko will sign with Top Rank, at least according to reports in Ukrainian media, as sourced by BoxingScene.com.

Lomachenko, 25, won gold medals at featherweight and lightweight in Beijing and London, respectively, as well as golds at the 2008 European championships and the 2009 and 2011 Worlds. He also won silver at the 2007 Worlds. He was considered by most the best amateur fighter in the world headed into London last August. Though he did not win the Val Barker Trophy for the overall outstanding boxer (that went to welterweight Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan), he hardly disappointed, looking cool and classy in four decisive wins, one of which came over current Top Rank prospect Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico.

There is, of course, at least some question as to how he'll translate to the pro game, but from all we've seen of him in the unpaid ranks, he looks like a can't-miss quality fighter and should-be contender. He's got a great pedigree, great style, and he's just plain good.

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