Vasiliy Lomachenko might be a genius but he is not unbeatable – he lost his second pro fight. Orlando Salido shares the secret of how to do it…
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What happened in the fight?Such was Lomachenko’s success as an amateur, winning gold medals at back-to-back Olympics, he wanted to challenge for a world title in his pro debut but was forced to wait until his second fight. It would have been an all-time record, but he fell short.
Mexico’s Salido, the WBO featherweight champion, had lost 12 fights before facing Lomachenko including against Juan Manuel Marquez, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Mikey Garcia.
Twenty-four hours before fighting Lomachenko in 2014 he missed weight and was stripped of his title but then produced an ugly, gruelling performance which was enough to pinch a split decision win.
Lomachenko previously had a 396-1 record as an amateur – he lost as a 19-year-old to Albert Selimov but avenged that result twice. Salido, therefore, is the only man to conclusively get the better of Lomachenko.
What does Salido remember about beating Lomachenko?
Salido told Sky Sports: “My memories of beating Lomachenko are mixed with sad and happy.
“It was my last fight at 126 pounds – I was the WBO champion. I had been at 126 pounds for about 16 years and never had problems with the weight. But in this fight I did everything possible to make the weight but, when I got to 128 pounds, I tried everything and my body just wouldn’t lose any more weight.
“I remember the fight as a good fight but I was just a more experienced, rugged fighter and I used a tremendous body and head attack. The difference? Welcome to professional boxing, not amateur.”
What is the secret to beating Lomachenko?
Salido said: “I can only speak about his weakness when we fought – he was not ready for my professional style.
“I think he underestimated me and he was not ready for real Mexican style and a professional fight, not amateur. I was very physical with him and taught him a lesson.”
Did missing weight give Salido a size advantage?
Salido said: “I felt stronger, not bigger.
“It was my skills and experience that really beat Lomachenko, not my size. People do not give me credit for my boxing ability.”
Lomachenko complained that he was repeatedly hit with low blows that the referee didn’t punish