We met with the Russian coach Roman Anuchin in one of the high-mountains gyms of Benidorm in Spain.

After Alexei Galeev, the coach who was repairing the “broken style” of the boxer after living and training in America, Russian boxer-professional Dmitry Chudinov trains here, in Benidorm, with Roman, under the strict supervision of his English manager.

Dmitry Chudinov, moments of training.
Dmitry Chudinov, moments of training.

Spain is not the only training ground where Roman trains. He can be found on the rings in Switzerland, Russia or USA. In a couple of days he has a flight to a new training camp. Meantime, we are talking with Roman.

  • Roman, tell us about the recent news in your coaching life.

One of the recent news is the battle of my trainee Arthur Mann in Germany. He is a German boxer born in Kazakhstan. He defended there the WBO International.

Spain. Benidorm. Training with Dmitry Chudinov. Coach Roman Anuchin.
Spain. Benidorm. Training with Dmitry Chudinov. Coach Roman Anuchin.

His opponent was supposed to be Miki Milson, lefty. We were preparing for the left-hander. But he “jumped out” from the fight. So we got the news that the opponent is changed a week before the fight. Despite this, Arthur declined the enemy. In the ring, he did not give any chance to him. The battle went gorgeously. I posted a video on YouTube:

Opponent was Alexander Peil. During the first round, we had a cut: they collided heads. But the referee did not stop. We were fighting all 12 rounds.

  • Roman, how did you come to be a coach?

Since the childhood I was engaged in the martial arts. I started with judo, karate. Then boxing. In the army I served in the special forces. In the same place I became an instructor. I had trained the commanders of the units for the Far East and Siberia. So, I’ve been practicing hand-to-hand fighting all my time in the army.

Working out the fight bio-dynamics. Coach Roman Anuchin. Boxer Dmitry Chudinov.
Working out the fight bio-dynamics. Coach Roman Anuchin. Boxer Dmitry Chudinov.

After the army service I was in the USSR national team for Wushu-Sen. This is when in 1988 the martial arts at last had been legalized in USSR. I became the champion of the USSR and then I got the “USSR Cup”, then I became the champion in kickboxing of the USSR. Then there was the first association on kickboxing called: “Soyuzkontakt”. I signed a contract with them. And then in 1992 I had left for America. In America I became a champion among professionals. Well, that’s how I went about it.

Training with Dmitry Chudinov. Benidorm. Spain.
Training with Dmitry Chudinov. Benidorm. Spain.
  • Roman, who is the most memorable from the students?

I worked with many: Sergey Kharitonov, Eduard Troyanovsky, whom I brought to the championship bouts. With me he won the first time and then defended the title twice. Now I work more with the foreign boxers, because I live in Spain. The boxer, whom I “made myself,” from scratch, is Yoann Kongolo, a Swiss. He was a kick boxer, played in weak versions. I brought him to the Glory in kickboxing and in parallel we went in boxing.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Training of professionals in women's boxing.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Training of professionals in women’s boxing.

He started in America with me. Has already fought 14 fights. The last battle in Toulouse he prepared himself without me. The fight was “condemned”, although he won it. He is a WBC International champion.

  • Roman, who is easier to train from the ethnic point of view? Africans? Latinos?

Black and Latin sportsmen. They have an innate sense of rhythm, endurance. They are born to be the boxers. Dominican athletes for example must be are a worthy material for training. They can easily become the World champions with the right approach.

Coach Eugene Sopitko. Training in Benidorm, Spain.
Coach Eugene Sopitko. Training in Benidorm, Spain.
  • Would you start training in the Dominican Republic?

Now I have a fairly tight schedule: four boxers. I must to keep an eye on them permanently. We are going to open our training gym and ring here in Spain. But the Dominican Republic for the professional boxing is definitely the place to be! They have very endurable people. Just a bit of right work out and that will go.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Moments of training.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Moments of training.

But we are not attached to the place: jump to the plane and go. This Sunday my Swiss guys arrive, Kongolo. We will prepare ourselves for the fight on July 14 in Germany. He has a difficult opponent from the Sauerland series. We’ll open it, and I’ll immediately fly to Moscow. With the team of Arthur Mann. He is also signed by the Sauerland.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Preparation of Dmitry Chudinov.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Preparation of Dmitry Chudinov.

We’ll fly to Moscow to watch the Gassiev – Usik fight. And from there immediately to me in Spain. We begin preparations for the departure to fights in America. From the middle of August we will fly to Vegas, we will continue our work there, and then on October 6 we will have another fight. So all the work is on the road. Quite a busy schedule.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Preparation of Dmitry Chudinov. Benidorm, Spain.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Preparation of Dmitry Chudinov. Benidorm, Spain.
  • Roman, what should a boxer do to become a champion?

Listen to the coach. Without a good coach, this is not realistic. Although, unfortunately among the trainers 90% are “just a coach” and only 10% are the kinds of “a tutor”. That’s it, you just need a tutor from those 10% to get your champion’s fight! It is necessary to live completely in the boxing. Yes, it happens that “work” wins “talent”. But more often everything works together. Very much depends on the team. With whom you go. How they lead you.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Moments of training. Benidorm. Spain.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Moments of training. Benidorm. Spain.
  • And what is the role of the manager in the team? How are is the relationship in the team built? What is the division of labor?

The manager is the main person in the team. Much depends on him. From the way the manager contacts the mass media to the advertising. Selection of fights. Selection of opponents. Provisioning. Advertising. Sponsors.

Spain. Benidorm. "Guest" coach Eugene Sopitko gives recommendations in the ring.
Spain. Benidorm. “Guest” coach Eugene Sopitko gives recommendations in the ring.

The manager has a huge amount of work. The right manager never get bored (laughs). In the team, everyone should do their own job: I select the sparring partners. I put the task to the fighter what we need to provide for the next fight. The rest is to be done by the manager.

Spain. Benidorm. Moments of training with Dmitry Chudinov.
Spain. Benidorm. Moments of training with Dmitry Chudinov.
  • Roman, why does training take place in Benidorm?

The climate means a lot to the training of the boxer. It is warm here. Our climatic region is listed in UNESCO. The midland provides a stable pressure. Very high quality of the Spanish food. This also means a lot for the quality of training. Quiet and peaceful place. All that is needed for the preparation of champions.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Fragments of the training of women's boxing professionals.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Fragments of the training of women’s boxing professionals.
  • Roman, is the Dominican boxing known in the World? Can you recall a name of any Dominican boxer?

Not that very much known, but I can recall a name if you show me the battle.

Training of Dmitry Chudinov.
Training of Dmitry Chudinov.
  • What can you say about the different schools of boxing? Which school is stronger, for example, American or Cuban?

Cuban amateur boxing is strong. Developed by the coaches in the times of the USSR. But now everyone is fleeing to America. But there is no American boxing school. The situation is very heterogeneous there. In one region they have one boxing, in another region they have the totally different one. For example in Vegas: they have “an intellectual boxing” there. California: there are the majorly of “punchers” working there. There are many Mexicans in California and this is the reason of a “totalitarian” boxing style there. In New York, too, the boxing is different in style. But the “Mecca” of the boxing in America is definitely Vegas.

Boxer Dmitry Chudinov and "guest" coach Eugene Sopitko. Benidorm. Spain.
Boxer Dmitry Chudinov and “guest” coach Eugene Sopitko. Benidorm. Spain.
  • Roman, what do you think: the professional boxing is a profitable business?

As a business the professional boxing is a very tough business. From the point of view of a large promotional company: the professional boxing is a lot of money. There is something to strive for.

  • For a boxer and his team is better to work with a major promotion company? Or with a private small promoter?

It is not always good to work with a large company. They may have the “painted” interests. And that’s why they can simply make a “paid opponent” from your boxer. He will simply earn money and lose in his future and his career growth.

Coach Roman Anuchin. Training of Dmitry Chudinov.
Coach Roman Anuchin. Training of Dmitry Chudinov.
  • Roman, you travel a lot at work. Tell me why in some countries boxing is popular as a sport and in others it is not?

The question is very complicated. I myself am surprised and have not figured it out yet. Take Switzerland for example. I have been training there for many years. Historically, in my opinion, only in the sixties they had the first and the only champion of Switzerland in the professional boxing. I just recently ever since made the second champion of Switzerland. With the Swiss boxer I have been working for many years, and so far no sponsor has appeared. Boxing is not popular there.

Training of Dmitry Chudinov. Benidorm. Spain.
Training of Dmitry Chudinov. Benidorm. Spain.
  • And what do you think are the main conditions to develop boxing as a popular sport in a country?

The main condition is to look for the good coaches. Training. The trainer must constantly improve himself, to learn. After all, the fate of a person is in the hands of a coach. He must say to himself: “I am responsible for this person.” Three components of the development of boxing in the country: rings, coaches, sponsors. If there are no professionals in the country: you need to invite them. And to work, to improve the situation.

Roman Anuchin. Preparation of Dmitry Chudinov. Spain. Benidorm.
Roman Anuchin. Preparation of Dmitry Chudinov. Spain. Benidorm.
  • And how much can it cost to prepare one boxer for a “champion” fight?

It may take about two years, from my practice. I mean preparing for the battle for the title of the World Champion in a good version. It is necessary to lead it correctly. “Fill on a record” (meaning “make a rating” in records of the battles with the opponents of the same category or higher) This takes one and a half to two years and from one hundred and fifty to two hundred thousand dollars.

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