Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 23: Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine celebrates victory against Khedafi Djelkhir of France in the Men's Feather (57kg) Final Bout held at Workers' Indoor Arena on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Two-time gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko is ready to begin his pro boxing career, and he intends to wear a world title belt next year. The Ukrainian Olympic star has signed a multiyear deal with Top Rank, Bob Arum's promotional company announced Friday. Lomachenko will make his pro debut Oct. 12, and he expects to fight for a world championship by his third pro bout. Not many amateur fighters could make such an audacious plan for their future, but no amateur in recent history can match Lomachenko's achievements and potential. ''I am very excited and happy with Top Rank's offer and signing the contract,'' Lomachenko said. ''I know I will have to prove I am the best and make history in pro boxing, but I have no doubts about it, as I did in the amateurs and I will do as a pro.'' Lomachenko is widely considered one of the greatest amateur boxers of the past several decades. He won Olympic gold medals with unbeaten runs in Beijing and London, also claiming two world championships in b...
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