Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 2/18/15

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)
Lomachenko Comes Up Short Against Rugged, Overweight Orlando Salido: At the end of January, I penned an editorial questioning whether featherweight prospect Vasyl Lomachenko was coming up too fast in challenging for a world title in only his second pro fight. In my skepticism, I was virtually alone, and not just on ProBoxing Fans. I couldn't find a boxing writer anywhere willing to cast doubt on Lomachenko's ability to beat Orlando Salido and take his title. As it turned out, the majority's faith in Lomachenko was almost as justified as my conservatism. Orlando Salido lost his world title before even climbing through the ring ropes due to his failure to make weight, and I think it would be fair to say the weight issue had a serious impact on the outcome of the fight. Salido weighed 128.5 pounds on the scale, and came in on fight night at 147 lbs. Salido was the bigger man by a clear measure, and he was not drained by struggling to lose another 2.5 pounds. Call Salido unprofessional ...
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