Vasyl Lomachenko is widely regarded by many fans as one of the greatest boxers of this current generation. Owing to the fact that the Ukrainian boxer has held world championships in three different weight classes and also boasts two Olympic gold medals to his name.
Also, before his professional career began, Lomachenko was unstoppable in the amateur scene. He had a staggering record of 396 wins and one defeat. This goes to show Loma’s greatness as there is hardly any boxer in the world who has managed to achieve such feats in the history of the sport.
However, all these achievements of the Ukrainian boxer wouldn’t be possible without the guidance of his coaches who helped him learn the nuances of the sport. So let us take a look at who is Vasyl Lomachenko’s current coach.
Anatoly Lomachenko and his impact on Vasyl Lomachenko’s boxing career
Interestingly, Anatoly Lomachenko who is the father of Vasyl Lomachenko is also the coach of the Ukrainian boxer. Anatoly started training Vasyl when he was six years old. He helped his son develop a strong boxing foundation at a young age. This helped Lomachenko achieve numerous gold medals and world titles.
Vasyl’s father had unique training methods that one would find hard to imagine. As per a story recited by Loma during a conversation with Teddy Atlas, his father would make him swim in a lake for more than four hours to develop mental toughness and overcome his boundaries.
Also, Anatoly made Loma attend a traditional Ukrainian dance class when he was ten years old. Surprisingly his father didn’t allow him to train for boxing unless he attended the class. The end goal of his father was that Vasyl would learn a sense of rhythm and mobility.
This is the primary reason why Vasyl Lomachenko has such exceptional foot movement. Moreover, his father ensured from a young age that he would not develop any ego problems. Thus he always declared all his interstate bouts as a draw.
For all the groundwork laid by Anatoly, he reaped the benefits as he was awarded the Futch Condone award for the 2017 and 2018 trainer of the year by BWAA and the Ring magazine respectively.
In the end, it is needless to say that, Anatoly’s unorthodox training methods have helped his son Vasyl turn into one of the greatest boxers to have graced the sport of boxing.