Vasyl Lomachenko undergoes Shoulder Surgery
Vasyl Lomachenko undergoes Shoulder Surgery, after making history in New York.
Ukranian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko has undergone shoulder surgery after suffering an extensive tear in his labrum during his fight with Jorge Linares on May 12. The thirty-year-old, three-division world champion triumphed over Linares at the 10th round, bravely bearing his pain from the injury he picked on the second round.
Lomachenko holds an impressive 11-1, 9KOs record and is the holder of the WBA lightweight title. The surgery, which was done earlier on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Essentially grounds Lomachenko from the August 25 bout against thirty-six-year-old WBO lightweight champion Ray Betran. However, his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank hopes that he will be fit enough to fight on December 8 on a Top Rank card on ESPN.
Lomachenko’s physician Dr Neal ElAttrache said that if the healing process goes well, he would be ready to resume training in early October and probably be ripe for a fight in early December.
“None of these things are carved in stone,” Said ElAttrache. “The most important thing is to protect him and allow this to heal properly. With what I’m seeing now that’s the timetable if things go perfectly.”
Lomachenko’s shoulder injury was attributed to his underperformance during the match despite his victory. He was slower, perhaps as a result of weight gained in moving to super featherweight, but he was also unable to throw his characteristic heavy punches.
“Aug. 25 is out for his next fight, and we’re looking at Dec. 8.” Said Arum. “ If the shoulder doesn’t come around in time, we’ll have to postpone it, but we’re looking at him being ready to go Dec. 8. But we know there are no guarantees.”
Lomachenko is a man poised to make history in the world of boxing. Among his notable achievements is winning a world title on his third fight, rising to a two-weight champion in the seventh fight and becoming a three-weight champion in his twelfth fight, shattering the record of 20 previously set by Australian Jeff Fenech in 1988.
His amateur record is also outstanding having won 396 fights and losing only once. He is taunted as the best current super featherweight and the world’s best active boxer pound for pound.
Several boxers could be lined-up for a Lomachenko’s come back, even if it’s not clear when he would be ready to fight again. Mikey Garcia, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Miguel
Marriage and Jason Sosa are some of the possible pugilists for Lomachenko. He is a boxer who uses a combination of skills to floor his opponents. Hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity, athleticism, and superb footwork are among his greatest assets. With quite a great untapped potential Lomachenko’s next move will be critical in determining the next phase of his career.
Dr Neal ElAttrache the orthopaedic who worked on Loma is known for high-level restorative surgeries. He operated on Manny Pacquiao after his defeat by Floyd Mayweather in 2015. He has also worked on former heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko, former basketball star Kobe Bryant and New England’s Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.