He learned to hunt for pheasant and duck and to fish for carp. Marathons and distance swims. “I want to fight Tyson.”. That was his routine, almost four years in pantaloons. With a record of 396 wins and one loss - including two Olympic gold medals and two world titles - he then became renowned as the greatest amateur boxer of all time.
Such reasoning was typically delivered with an economy of expression, just a deep stare as Anatoly explained cause and effect as inexorably linked facts. But it’s been a fight that has been a long time coming, one the Lopez side was focused on long before Lopez even won his 135-pound belt by crushing second-round knockout of Richard Commey last December. That was the last he saw of his father. The history of fathers and sons in boxing, he readily admits, is “semi-f—ing disastrous.”, His present employers excluded, I ask him for a happy father-son boxing story. And yet enough questions remain to sow seeds of doubt. “You always wonder about a guy,” Anber says. But their egos are bigger too. He has been wrestled and low-blowed. Required fields are marked *.
“Why are you hysterical?” asked his father. The hype generated by his power and aggression against Commey has given way to cold reality: this is a 15-fight work-in-progress attempting to dethrone a generational great.
Lomachenko typically fights in six-month intervals but has been known to be comfortable jumping into the ring earlier if the right opportunity arises. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. While some feel that the extended break from action may have provided Lopez with a window of opportunity to catch Lomachenko below his best, it would be a brave person that bets against "The Lomanator" this Saturday. His best ability is to recognize possibility in the ring.”. In the fourth round of his most recent bout, against Miguel Marriaga, Lomachenko suffered the first serious cut of his career — a forked gash that would require eight stitches.
At 23, Lopez wants to show that experience is no substitute for power and youthful promise. At 10, he began traditional Ukrainian folk dance. “I need to prove it,” he says. That mindblowing treble against Inter, the stupefying volley at Stoke and a thunderbolt against today's visitors West Ham... Gareth Bale's first spell was defined by super strikes and breathtaking displays, but what was his finest moment in a Spurs shirt? “The Fast and the Furious” franchise seems to have contributed to his passion for drifting in supercharged cars (he has a hollowed-out Nissan 240 SX and a Mercedes-AMG C63). © 2020 RING TV LIVE. But no modern fighter moved as quickly as Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs), 32, did as professional because of his gargantuan amount of amateur experience, which included a record of 396-1 – he avenged the loss twice — and Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 as perhaps the greatest amateur of all time. Kolosov calls it “flow,” citing the work of the Hungarian-born psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
He’ll sprint a lap, then return underwater in a single breath. He doesn’t speak a lot of English, him being Ukrainian. Lomachenko has been labelled a 'fraud' and 'arrogant' by Lopez's father ahead of the bout. But the child took it as a vow.
But he’s also referring to guys who’d gather at a barber shop in Queens. But duration, he explains, is less important than the moment. Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images, “It would be perceived in the media as Loma’s biggest win if he wins, but I don’t know if he feels that way,” Arum said. I go to train. Danny Garcia once told me about losing in an amateur tournament, not long after his father had been released from prison. Except, perhaps one. Teofimo Lopez (right) at aged 23 is nine years younger than his opponent Lomachenko. As artful as the sport can be, it is violence. He trains in an Olympic-sized pool.
Anatoly wasn’t raising a mere fighter, but a prodigy, that most Faustian of bargains, an attempt at perfection. He knew only that his father turned him southpaw before he began sparring. The fight was initially in the works for May before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sports world. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Hence, there might be more apt comparisons for the Lomachenkos. As Pete came of age, his sadness bordered on suicidal. “It’s not so much to get under his skin or anything. Perhaps those lessons are the key to understanding Lomachenko’s ability to glide round opponents in the ring with unrivalled athleticism. They met while students at the State Pedagogical Institute in Odessa. I mean, he is a machine.
“He’s the most dedicated fighter I’ve ever worked with.”.
What’s next for Lopez?
He’s totally under control.”. Of course. He makes oaths, and keeps them. It is a mouth-watering match-up - a battle for lightweight supremacy but also a meeting of men at either end of the arc. Lomachenko is one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time, possessing a record of 396 wins and 1 losses, with his only loss avenged twice. “It is my dream. Lopez backtracked a bit from the perceived personal animus toward Lomachenko during a recent media videoconference to promote the fight. He had some nasty things to say and, minus the curse words, told Lomachenko his son would upstage him on fight night and eventually fight him and destroy him. In the post-fight interview Lomachenko proved that he is just as sharp outside the ring as he is in it, suggesting that his new name should be ‘No Mas Chenko’ or No More Chenko in English. “This time,” says Kolosov, “you answer for your body — ‘Not now!’ You control your instincts. Perhaps that’s why he has been trying to provoke Lomachenko — poking fun at his training regimen and predicting “a massacre.”, “We understand why this is happening,” Kolosov says. All my preparation is at 100%. External links. Copyright © 2020 by Boxing Daily News. And as it pertains to perils of collaboration between fathers and sons, especially those in the anguished history of combat sports, these Lomachenkos might yet prove the glorious exception. Their feud dates back to a hotel lift a couple of years ago. What's more interesting however, is his approach to training - using dancing, tennis balls and a range of activities to improve his decision making skills (i.e. ", “It’s not my job talking about who is the best. He never yells or intimidates, just explain.”.
It’s not internet rankings that concern him so much as a kind of immortality, consideration alongside Ray Robinson, Jack Dempsey and, yes, Muhammad Ali. At home people aren’t running their mouth because they know they will have to answer for it. “When your body tells you there is not enough oxygen, that you have to breathe, that it’s important to live, that this is very dangerous to your life situation.”. Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (em ucraniano: Василь Анатолійович Ломаченко, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, 17 de fevereiro de 1988) é um boxeador ucraniano e atual campeão peso-pena da WBO. Pete Maravich, for example, was raised by a coach to be the perfect basketball player. They spend their working lives rehearsing in front of a mirror, after all. The truth is, Vasyl Lomachenko considers his style, as aggressive as it is aesthetic, superior to Floyd Mayweather’s. But I never saw him angry or tense. The father who works his kid’s corner, I tend to find, cares most about himself: his legacy, the balancing of some imagined existential score, an affirmation of the blessings, genetic and otherwise, bestowed upon his progeny. “You look at all the other opponents, they were guys who were confident, not confident, guys who were respectful and this is the first opponent that he’s had who has done the trash talking, so he wouldn’t be normal if he didn’t react. His father might have him kick a hacky sack 75 times before it hits the floor. Most of the audience will be emergency services after the MGM Grand shrunk capacity to 250. But let me tell you something – I visited him (recently in camp). “You need to believe me,” Vasyl said. Desportos de combate Khabib Nurmagomedov quer ter Mike Tyson como treinador Russo começa a preparar combate que promete agitar o mundo. “If it gets under his skin, great. That night the master schooled an apprentice before his time. Ah, he means the moment: Where everything melds into one — the physical and psychological training, the father and the son, genetics and ambition.
“You can’t adapt in the ring unless you have the psychic resources. While the younger Lopez always wanted to fight Lomachenko, once he claimed a world title the fight became very attractive to Lomachenko as well. Anatoly thought deeply about athletic performance, ideas eventually crystalizing into convictions. Kolosov was there when Vasyl won the second gold. But, again, I would have said that about all of his fights. Lopez remains raw and even his fearlessness – undented by time or defeat – cannot mask the obvious advantages in Lomachenko's corner. That said, Lomachenko might have found the perfect opponent.
The goal isn’t mercantile, but mythic. A famous American sentence, rewritten: There goes Vasyi Lomachenko, the best there ever was. It wasn’t the lip. There was boxing tournament in Akkerman the following weekend. É considerado pelos especialistas como um dos mais habilidosos lutadores de boxe do mundo e o melhor pugilista amador de toda história, tendo terminado com um cartel de 396 vitórias e apenas uma … It cost Lomachenko a split decision, but it was also an education and proof that an undefeated record remains the most overrated commodity in boxing. 2020 - All rights reserved. “Off the top of my head?” he responds, “I can’t think of one.”. “Enough with your bicycle,” he tells his father.
Hóquei em patins. “He has a good punch. He’ll return a foul quickly, with clinical precision — a right hook to the cup, followed by a right uppercut — that leaves his opponent gasping and calling for time.
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