Usyk: Anatoly Lomachenko Trains Me, With Me Every Day In Camp

Given the opponent and how the fight played out, there seemed to be less curiosity about Oleksandr Usyk’s first pro experience as a heavyweight than whom exactly helped him prepare for the occasion.

The 2018 Fighter of the Year former World cruiserweight champion enjoyed a successful debut in boxing’s most storied division, stopping late replacement Chazz Witherspoon after seven rounds Saturday evening at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The DAZN-streamed main event was predictably one-sided but not without its bumps along the way, as Usyk had to contend with bruising around his right eye in eventually overwhelming Witherspoon.

Through it all, the Ukrainian southpaw kept a cool head—largely from self-discipline but also through instructions and reassuring advice from his corner in between rounds.

“I think it was a good performance,” Usyk (17-0, 13KOs) said of his first fight above cruiserweight. “Most important, I followed all of my corner’s instructions.” 

usyk-witherspoon-fight (48)

Once again, it was renowned cutman Russ Anbar taking the lead in Usyk’s corner on fight night. However, that’s not to be confused from whom has been training the gifted boxer.

“(Anatoly Lomachenko) trains me,” Usyk confirmed to reporters on hand during the post-fight press conference.

Anatoly is the father of three-division titlist and pound-for-pound entrant Vasiliy Lomachenko, Usyk’s close friend and longtime amateur teammate. The two captured Gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics before turning pro one year later.

The elder Lomachenko has surfaced in Usyk’s corner on fight night for past bouts after the 32-year parted ways with previous trainer James Ali Bashir in 2017. His presence has been lacking in recent bouts, but his influence very much remains intact.

“You don’t see him on fight night, but he trains me,” confirmed Usyk. “He’s with me every day in training camp.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by on 10-15-2019

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;20121354]Once again, it was renowned cutman Russ Anbar taking the lead in Usyk’s corner on fight night. However, that’s not to be confused from whom has been training the gifted boxer.[/QUOTE] Russ Anbar is only a cutman. Usyk's current head…

Comment by Idunnoshet on 10-14-2019

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;20122139]Ask Bellew[/QUOTE] Bellews also been dropped by Light Heavyweights in past fights.

Comment by DuckAdonis on 10-14-2019

[QUOTE=skinnystev;20122117]can lomachenko sr teach him to punch[/QUOTE] Ask Bellew

Comment by DuckAdonis on 10-14-2019

Nice, that's what I want to hear

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-14-2019

... “You don’t see him on fight night, but he trains me,” confirmed Usyk. “He’s with me every day in training camp.”... .. we know this since 2017..............

Top Headlines
Ceja Suspends Birthday Plans To Fully Focus On Figueroa Title Fight Parker Aims To Find Out in Coming Days if He'll Face Chisora Wilder: It's Not Over For Joshua if He Loses Ruiz Rematch Callum Smith's Trainer Not Convinced Saunders is Proper Draw Tommy Frank Hopes To Be Ringside For Edwards-Braithwaite Abner Mares Cleared For Sparring, Aims For Early 2020 Return Wilder Applauds Fury's Efforts To Market Himself Through WWE Luis Ortiz Envisioning All-Latino Title Unification With Andy Ruiz BoxingScene Pound for Pound Update: November 2019 Robin Deakin Wants a Showdown With KSI Lee McGregor: I Knew Kash Farooq Win Would Be Close McGuigan: Wilder Stops Ortiz - But He Might Get Rocked Again Masvidal: I'm 10 Times The Athlete Canelo Is - I Can Sleep Him! Eduard Troyanovsky Dominates Zahradnik in Comeback Win Junior Fa Climbs Heavyweight Ladder, But How Far Away Is He? Tyson Fury Reflects on Positive Test: I Have Never Taken PEDs Diego De La Hoya vs. Renson Robles Set For Dec. 14 In Mexicali Wilder: I'm Only One in Top 5 To Give Luis Ortiz The Opportunity Logan Paul Plans To Move Forward With Appeal of Loss To KSI Charles Martin Inspired By Andy Ruiz To Regain World Title Fornling Recovering in Hospital After Loss, Boxing Future Unknown Lee McGregor is "Over The Moon" With Win Over Kash Farooq Thanderz Claims WBC Interim-Title in Bloody Win Over Ramos Harrison: Charlo Thinks He's a Tough Guy, I Feel He's Pretending Luis Ortiz Puts Final Touches on Career-Best Physique For Wilder Ryder: Callum Smith Has Had a Good Career - I Can Derail That Promoter: 154-Pounders Wouldn't Fight Hogan After Munguia Devin Haney, Eddie Hearn Calling For Ryan Garcia in 2020 Wilder: I Liked Ruiz In First Fight With Joshua, Like Him In Rematch Frank Warren Mapping Out Plan To Get Dubois in World Title Mix Coldwell Impressed By Anthony Fowler's Response To First Loss Louie Lynn Back Next Month, December 21 At Copper Box Ruiz: I Think Joshua is Worried, I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Win! Chavez Aims To Shock Jacobs, Get Canelo Rematch at 168 or 175 McWilliams Arroyo Focused on World Title Run at 115-Pounds DAZN's Bold Play To Boost Subscriptions Froch Confident He Would Have Done a Job on Canelo, Golovkin Pablo Cesar Cano Crushes Roberto Ortiz in Two Rounds Verdejo Was Very Impressed After Training With Ismael Salas Hasanboy Dusmatov Makes Debut, Takes Out Cervantes in Two
Latest Forum Threads