WATCH: Vasyl Lomachenko Shows Off MMA Skills on Speed Bag

Published 06/06/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
OXNARD, CA – APRIL 24: Vasyl Lomachenko works out during a media workout on April 24, 2018 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)


Former lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is still one of the most talented boxers in the sport. The Ukrainian superstar conquered three weight classes in just fifteen professional bouts, thanks to his incredible boxing skill. However, boxing is not the only thing Lomachenko is apparently good at.

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The former champion is coming off a tough loss against Teofimo Lopez and is set for his comeback to the sport. Lomachenko will face Masayoshi Nakatani on June 26. And ‘Hi-Tech’ has given fans an insight into his unique preparation for the bout.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

The 14-2 boxer took to his social media to show how he is preparing for the bout. Lomachenko posted a video of him destroying the speed bag with his astounding hand speed. He then took it up a notch and channeled his MMA game, and threw spinning elbows in between while keeping the same speed.

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While he obviously can not do this in his bout against Nakatani, this video shows just how skilled ‘Hi-Tech’ is. He often works on hand-eye coordination drills and other unique exercises to improve his technique and speed. Thus, it is no surprise that the Ukrainian could pull off something like this.

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Can Vasyl Lomachenko switch to MMA?

Lomachenko made a late switch to professional boxing. However, in just his third boxing match, he won a world title. Thus, that is a testament to the skill and mentality of the P4P star. He is clearly open to push himself to the limits. So could we see a switch to MMA from Vasyl Lomachenko?

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Given his dedication, there is no doubt the former world champion would succeed in the sport. He would immediately be the most sophisticated striker in the sport. And if he can work on his grappling and takedown defense, theoretically, it would be possible.

However, Lomachenko is 33 and has suffered a series of injuries in the last few years. Therefore, although theoretically, it would make sense, practically, it is unlikely for ‘Loma’ to cross over.

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What do you make of this video? Do you think Vasyl Lomachenko would succeed in MMA?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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