Perhaps unsurprisingly, this year’s award for Best World Series of Boxing (WSB) Coach of the year was given to Sergiy Korchynsky. The Ukrainian super coach led the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan to victory against the Ukraine Otamans in what was undeniably the most dramatic Finals the competition has witnessed to date. Korchynsky, who also previously experienced success with the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder, runs a team that is based around a family model.
Season III Arlans boxer Eric Donovan offered this insight about his former coach: “Korchynsky’s drive and will to win is phenomenal; it can only be mirrored by the love and passion he has for the sport. He is a Master Tactician!”
In this interview Korchynsky talks more about the award and explains why he feels the WSB is so special.
How do you feel about being awarded best WSB Coach of the year?
I am really pleased to win this award. I would like to thank my colleagues for voting for me and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the victory we enjoyed last season. We were one united team from the security personnel through to the president of the club, so I accept this award on behalf of the entire team.
What is the most enjoyable thing about coaching in the WSB and the Arlans in particular?
I started working in the WSB in April 2010 during the exhibition match in Baku, there was a wonderful international atmosphere and I made a lot of new friends. We are one international family and for me this is the most interesting and attractive thing about the WSB.
What is the most challenging thing?
Not having enough time to spend with my family and friends.
What (apart from winning the team final) was your favourite moment of the season?
The final preparation for the Team Finals was the most interesting part. We faced plenty of problems with physical and mental condition of boxers and coaches. We were forced to search for non-standard ways of rehabilitation. [Perhaps Korchynsky is in part alluding to the famous paint ball game between the Arlans and local journalists here.]
When you are selecting boxers for your team, do you look for a certain type of boxer – or do you look for a range of styles to deploy strategically throughout the season?
During the selection we take into account their style of fighting. For a particular WSB match we try to select a boxer who is “inconvenient” for an opponent.
Obviously, fans are excited about the first match between Astana Arlans Kazakhstan and Cuba Domadores in December. What will be the key factors in this match that could influence the result (e.g. travel time, climate, selection schedule etc.)?
There are many challenges in the new season in general, not only for this particular match. First, the number of weight categories increased, the competition calendar is tighter. The coaches and managers need to reconstruct their work. It is a key moment. You need to adapt quickly in order to win.
A lot of people are wondering what team the Russians will send. Do you think that because the group is so difficult they will send the full Sborna this year?
It depends on their strategic plan. If Olympic qualification is their main goal the boxers who are selected to participate in the Olympic Games in Rio will be in the Russian squad.
You look like you are quite fit – do you still do any training yourself?
Yes, I do. I try to control my diet and nutrition intake. Besides I have a hobby- football. I like to watch and play football. Sometimes I go jogging.
We bumped into you at the AIBA World Championships Almaty 2013, what did you think of the event and were there any boxers that particularly impressed you?
I think it was the best World Championships from organisational point of view. Good for public, sportsmen, coaches. There was great speed and intensity in fights. There were many interesting boxers to watch.