BAD@SS old-school Soviet boxing training
In this video, we see some bad ass, old school footage of how the boxers in the Soviet Union used to train back in the day. The footage, from 1990 (which is one year before the dissolution of the Soviet Union), shows the USSR boxers undergoing some strength and conditioning drills, mitt work, as well as some sparring.
Compared to other elite level boxing programs at the time like were in the USA and Cuba, physical conditioning was a huge part of the Soviet boxing program, much like we see in the below video.
The Soviets were also very well known for their heavy punching ability and often used ‘looping’ and ‘whipping’ type punches with a lot of torque behind them like we also see performed in the video below.
This type of punching is similar to the Russian ‘casting’ type punches where you are almost delivering the punch with your fist upside down and throwing it in a corkscrew-like fashion. Even some elite level, Eastern Bloc MMA fighters were well-known to punch with this kind of ‘Russian’ style such as Igor Vovchanchyn as well as Fedor Emelianenko, who is arguably the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter of all time.
It really is too bad, though, that the boxers in the Soviet Union were not allowed to fight professionally until the end of the Cold War. There were obviously a lot of talented amateur fighters that could have gone on to become great professional fighters and have great careers.
Much like in Cuba, though, professional boxing was not allowed in the USSR at the time as it was seen as ‘Capitalist’ and amateur boxing was seen as the real sporting competition.
If it weren’t for the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, we would not have witnessed the tremendous professional careers of many great Eastern Bloc fighters such as Gennady Golovkin, Sergei Kovalev, Vic Darchinyan, as well as the Klitschko brothers (Vitali and Wladimir).