Vasiliy Lomachenko’s father and trainer Anatoly has masterminded his son’s success with a training camp full of unorthodox methods.
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Lomachenko faces Luke Campbell for the WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office, where he will put his eccentric training into practice.
What are the methods that Lomachenko uses?
Kick-ups with a sandbag the size of a tennis ball.
Juggling to focus the eye and improve coordination.
Drills in the ring with an opponent – the objective is to touch each other then rush back to a designated corner, mimicking the in-and-out movements needed in a fight.
Swimming – he spends prolonged periods underwater and his record is four minutes.
What does Lomachenko think of his father’s unorthodox ideas?
“Some training I enjoy, some training I hate. It depends on the exercise, on the physical pressure, and on how long I’ve been training.
“During my boxing life I said to him: why do we do this? I always had a question about his training. But you can see my results.
“We are best friends, family, team.