Who Trains Oleksandr Usyk?: Trainer Info, Gym, and Sparring Partners

Published 09/19/2021, 4:30 AM EDT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Oleksandr Usyk has possibly seen the pinnacle of success in his glittering boxing career. After grabbing gold in London Olympics in 2012, he became the unified cruiserweight world champion. Hence, the Ukrainian star has already done enough to go down as a legend in the history books.

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However, Usyk’s desire to improve has evoked him to try his luck in the professional heavyweight division. The southpaw boxer is extremely talented and has one of the best fight IQs in his weight class.

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The 34-year-old has changed his trainers frequently, but has always reunited with his long-time coach Anatoly Lomachenko. As the name suggests, Anatoly Lomachenko is the father of Vasyl Lomachenko.

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Coming from Ukraine, Usyk, and Lomachenko have been close to each other, seeing similar success in their respective journeys. Hence, they also share the same coach. But Usyk has previously trained with James Ali Bashir for a long time. During his cruiserweight run, Bashir had been his prime support.

However, ESPN reported that Oleksandr Usyk had replaced Bashir with Anatoly Lomachenko in 2017. In an official statement, Usyk said, “Bashir is a very nice man and good trainer. He has his own approach to training, but the moment came when I realized that it was not enough for me any longer.”

As for Anatoly Lomachenko, Usyk also parted ways with him a few months back. He joined hands with Yuri Tkachenko to prepare for Derek Chisora. But following the bleak performance, he went back under Lomachenko’s guidance.

Oleksandr Usyk: Sparring partner and training

As Anatoly Lomachenko is back to being Usyk’s guide, the Ukrainian can remain optimistic about beating Anthony Joshua for the heavyweight belts on September 25. However, some recent revelations may not sit well with Usyk loyalists.

Martin Bakole has been Usyk’s sparring partner for the camp against ‘AJ’. On top of that, Bakole has also sparred with Anthony Joshua in the past. Now, after having faced two of the best boxers on this planet, the 28-year-old accused Usyk of lacking power.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Oleksandr Usyk in action during a public workout at the National Football Museum on November 7, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

In a chat with IFL TV, Martin Bakole said, “He’s good, I sparred him for two weeks.”

“I don’t know if it’s the way that he prepared for it, but he never hit me with a punch that hurt me. At cruiserweight, he has nice skill, but I don’t think he has the same power as AJ. AJ has more power than him.”  (H/T:-DAZN)

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Usyk is a southpaw hitter and has flawless footwork. He has all the features that are required to overpower Anthony Joshua. However, as ‘AJ’ is a veteran who has overcome multiple challengers like Usyk, the Ukrainian can also face the toughest test of his career.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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