Flashback to 2008 Gold-Medal Final Match in the Featherweight Division ◯‍◯‍◯‍◯‍◯

A young 19 year old Ukrainian by the name of 🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko had already made an indelible impression to amateur viewers, as well as personnel and officials in the sport after a long streak of standout performances en route to winning a couple of tournaments in different locations, and in him mowing through the competition en route to getting to the Gold-Medal match of the 2008 Olympics. There he would fight French fighter 🇫🇷Khedafi Djelkhir, who battled his way to the final round – for all of the marbles…

Djelkhir was known for his aggressive, come forward, wear you down style, and he approached Lomachenko with that mentality, trying to throw his weight around and take Lomachenko out of his gameplan, hoping to land, and land big. He was effective in doing so, however he wasn’t ready for the barrage of power punching that was to be fired in return from Lomachenko once he made the calculated decision to fight fire with fire and meet Khedafi head on. Loma managed to hurt him in the middle of the first round with a right hook, and he stepped up the action. It was all that Lomachenko needed to completely change the course of the fight, being that he was able to make the French fighter move backwards, something that he didn’t have the capability of doing, effectively putting Djelkhir into no mans land. Vasiliy knew what he had in front of him and smelled blood in the water, and pummeled the French fighter, forcing the Referee to administer 3 standing 8 counts, and eventually Djelkhir was unfit to continue as the fight was stopped seconds before the first round concluded.

What we have 🖼️pictured here is Lomachenko’s reaction upon realization of what he had just done in becoming the latest Ukrainian fighter to win a Gold-Medal, and basking in his accomplishment.

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