Papp turned pro in 1957 when Lemeshev was 5 years old, they never fought. Lemeshev was one of those guys who hated training, was a notorious party guy and a big drinker. He won Olympic Gold in 1972 at age 20 and was retired in 1976 completely shot by age 24. In 1975 he was routinely getting knocked out cold during team sparring sessions by Riskiev and having to be dragged out the ring. In spite of this he still beat Michael Spinks in 1975 at the USSR-USA duels.
Originally Posted by Cletis VanDamme
What's the final word concerning Lomachenko, is this "AIBA pro" contract a done deal ?
They guys from Ukraine's Olympic team are fighting for the Ukraine Otamans this season. They're into week 4 this weekend but none of them have fought for Ukraine yet as they've been travelling all over and helping promote the sport since the Olympics without much time to train. They'll start fighting in 2013.
WSB has a youtube channel that they upload all the events on. Here's a good MW fight from week 1 if you want to see what WSB is like.
On the one hand it kind of sucks but if they turned pro they would be fighting nobodies for a while anyways so fighting 5 and 7 rounds fights under pro rules in WSB is the same thing as a early pro career except they'll be fighting other world class opponents, world championship medal winners, olympic champions and medallists rather than some pro with a losing record.
Lomachenko is 24 so if he gets some experience in WSB then turns pro ready to fight top 30 guys right away it will work out fine imo. Usyk in my AV for example is going to fight at SHW (he won Olympic Gold at 201lbs) and the division has Dychko, Medzhidov, Hrgovic, Nistor, Yoka, Russo and a bunch of other world class guys. He'll be testing himself to see if he can be a true HW against much tougher opponents than he would in the first year or two had he just turned pro.