Prospect of year: Vasyl Lomachenko

'Flawless' young fighter primed for unthinkable: a title shot in second pro fight

Updated: January 2, 2014, 3:34 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

No matter how gifted they are or how extensive their amateur background, most boxing prospects are handled with kid gloves when they turn pro. Their managers and promoters want to build up the fighter's record, nurture a following and protect the investment until they're sure he is ready for prime time.

Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko is not your normal prospect.

The 25-year-old southpaw is as gifted -- offensively and defensively -- as any fighter to come into the pro game in ...

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