Vasiliy Lomachenko has undergone surgery for his shoulder.
Lomachenko competed against Teofimo Lopez in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card on October 17. Lopez was the underdog going into the bout but he ended up nabbing a unanimous decision victory. The story of the fight was that Lomachenko simply didn’t get going until the later rounds. Even when he did, Lopez had a big 12th round that summed up the whole fight. Lopez was too young and too fast.
While it wasn’t mentioned leading up to the fight, Lomachenko was dealing with a shoulder issue. “Loma’s” surgeon, Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, told Yahoo! Sports that his fighter suffered from a bruised rotator cuff and as well as chipped cartilage.
“We operated on him last night and he had what we call a hemorrhagic thickened bursitis. That’s the tissue that lubricates and cushions the rotator cuff, which is where we had treated him and injected him before the fight. On the inside of the shoulder where he had previously dislocated the shoulder, he had chipped the cartilage on the inside of the socket. That was right next to the [previous] repair so I did a small touch-up of the repair so I could cover up the bare cartilage in the front of the shoulder.”
The former boxing world champion will not be able to resume boxing activities until late January.
Lomachenko’s loss to Lopez is just the second of his pro boxing career. “Loma’s” record stands at 14-2. He hadn’t lost a fight since March 2014. That was just Lomachenko’s second bout as a professional. With the defeat against Lopez, “Loma” lost the WBA (Super), WBC (Franchise), and WBO Lightweight Titles.