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Footage Shows Vasyl Lomachenko Holding His Breath Underwater For An Insane Amount Of Time

Footage Shows Vasyl Lomachenko Holding His Breath Underwater For An Insane Amount Of Time

There's a reason why Vasyl Lomachenko is the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Hard work and dedication.

The 32-year-old, who unified all of the belts in the lightweight division when he defeated Luke Campbell last year, is known for his bizarre training methods to stay at the top.

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And perhaps his most impressive routine involves him holding his breath underwater for a long period of time.

Lomachenko's current record stands at an incredible 4 minutes and 30 seconds, something he believes gives him an advantage in the latter stages of a bout.

"My record is 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I did that before my second Olympic Games in 2012." he told GQ Magazine.

"It took me years to reach that level. Right now, I can hold my breath for about three minutes, but if I trained every day to do it, I believe I could break my record.

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"It's how you gain control over the fight and your opponent. Because of this, I am as strong in the twelfth round as I am in the first."

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He also revealed in an interview with talkSPORT that his father is the one behind these unusual methods.

"[The training methods are] the idea of my father," he said.

"My father is my main coach and every time he gives me a different exercise. One of them is speedball with [a tennis ball]. 'That gives you god reactions and co-ordination.

"Underwater [exercises] trains your mind and your psychology. It's helped me."

Lomachenko's training methods also include juggling, handstands and street skating to aid his coordination and power in the ring.

"I have done these exercises since I was an amateur boxer. It trains both my mind and body to be prepared for any situation." he told GQ Magazine.

"I tore my labrum in my fight against Jorge Linares last year, and still came back to knock him out."

He really is a different animal.

Topics: Training, Boxing News, Boxing, Vasyl Lomachenko

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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