Top Rank Features Vasyl Lomachenko In “Camp Life” Ahead Of Aug 5th ESPN Debut
August 4, 2017
Anna Aguilar (111 articles)
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Top Rank Features Vasyl Lomachenko In “Camp Life” Ahead Of Aug 5th ESPN Debut

Top Rank featured two-division world champion, Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko, in their newest edition of “Camp Life” this week that aired on their YouTube channel. The three-piece, six-minute episodes follow the 28-year-old Ukrainian in his preparation for his third WBO super featherweight world title defense.

Lomachenko will make his ESPN debut on Saturday, August 5th in Los Angeles. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will challenge the Colombian, Miguel Marriaga, in a 12-round bout, live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.

Lomachenko has been quickly exceeding expectations, not just by his track record thus far, but also by the capabilities he can do in the ring. The hand speed, timing, accuracy, and lateral footwork capabilities however, come from a series of challenging preparations – physically and mentally.

In the second series of TR’s “Camp Life”, camera crew spent a few days with Team Lomachenko to show how he trains in the gym, after and in between. In episode one, which starts off at day 71 of camp, Lomachenko is seen being woken up just before 10am to prepare for a training day. “The main guy in the team is, Vasyl Lomachenko,” said Egis Klimas, manager of Lomachenko. “Without Vasyl, nobody would be there.” 

 

Camera crew captured the intense workout regimes that Vasyl has to go through in order to be the boxer in the ring that he is. From strength and conditioning, to breathing exercises, to gym work, to mental exercises that help relax the mind and improve thinking.

“I try to mimic what he does in the fight, especially when he throws his left hooks or any kind of power shots,” said Cicilio Flores, Loma’s Strength and Conditioning coach. “He trains very hard and gives me 110%.”

“After hard work, you need to relax your mind,” said Andrey Kolosov, Loma’s Mental Conditioning Coach, as Lomachenko is seen arranging numbered blocks. “This is a special exercise for mind flexibility. You do it after approximately three hours of training.”

In episode two, Lomachenko took the time to enjoy some rest and relaxation with his team at home, by swimming, playing tennis and barbecuing. “I wake up, eat, go in the pool, and I go to sauna. Massage. Sleep. I like it,” said Lomachenko.

Holding a record of 8-1 with six knockouts, Lomachenko is trained by his father, Anatoly, since he was a child. Lomachenko holds an amateur record of 396 wins, with only one loss. He started out his professional boxing career in a 10-round bout, and his bouts have been 12 rounds since his second fight. In his second professional bout, Lomachenko suffered his first loss as a professional against former world champion, Orlando Salido, in their world champion bout. In just his third bout, the southpaw fighter captured his first world title when he beat Gary Russell, Jr in a majority decision. “Hi-Tech” has been the talk of many boxing enthusiasts, and boxing fans that have not heard of this masterminded boxer will get the chance to check him out this Saturday on ESPN. Leading up to the weigh in on Friday, TR has premiered the final piece of “Camp Life” on their YouTube channel.

Lomachenko endures intense sparring and touches on his thoughts of his trainer/father as he finishes up the last weeks of his camp in the third episode of “Camp Life”.

“His style is very smart, like a sansei, like Buddha maybe,” said Lomachenko about his father. “I’m just like a game, he’s a gamer, I’m game. He sit down and play this game.”

 

Episode three digs into the observance that Team Lomachenko takes in and logs down in order to study their fighter and help him be a better athlete. Lomachenko’s sparring partners even took the time to talk about the difference there is to spar the champ.

“Every time you spar with him and go to somebody else, it’s not the same,” said sparing partner, Julian Bautista.

“I’ve sparred many people,” said sparring partner, Mike Melikyan. “Vasyl is just naturally talented. No disrespect to anyone else, pure talent wise, he’s there.”

“You see him in front of you, then you see him left, then you see him right. You see him like four times all over the ring,” said sparring partner, Eloy Secundino. “It’s like he takes you into deep waters, and he drowns you.”

One thing Lomachenko understands about who, what and why he is where he is in his career -teamwork.

“If I don’t have my team, if I don’t have my father, a psychologist, manager, I think I will not be a world champion. I will not be who I am now.”

“One team, one mission. That’s it.”

Take a look at all the “Camp Life” episodes and be sure to catch “Hi-Tech” Vasyl Lomachenko in his ESPN debut against Marriaga, Saturday, August 5th live on ESPN at 6p PT/9p ET.

 

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