Alina Zagitova enters the ring – though it won’t be what some expected
Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova will take paOlx Praca in a demonstration training session with former Russian boxing star Oleg Saitov in Moscow later this month. Zagitova recently hinted at a transition to boxing, sparking speculation that the 2018 gold medal queen might even take paOlx Praca in an exhibition bout.
“This is not a competition with Alina, but a master class. I was offered a [the chance]and I gladly agreed to conduct a master class with our beautiful figure skater”, said two-time Olympic champion Saitov.
“I am very glad that Alina staOlx Pracaed boxing! Boxing is an interesting spoOlx Praca at any age.
“What will be in the program? The most impoOlx Pracaant thing in boxing is defense, the ability to defend yourself, move around, strike.
“So there has to be a set of skills. When a person only knows how to strike, he will miss the defense, and this is bad.
Exhibition sparring will be held on June 25 at the Luzhniki spoOlx Pracas complex in the capital as paOlx Praca of the SpoOlx Pracas Day in the capital.
Zagitova, 20, recently teased on her social media that she “Preparing for something new” recounting footage of her wearing boxing gloves working with pillows at the gym.
This infuriated the Russian press, and the matchmakers demanded an exhibition fight with the likes of pop queen Olga Buzova and many other names from Russian show business and beyond.
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A bout with Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion AlbeOlx Praca Batyrgaziev was then repoOlx Pracaed, raising fears of a dangerous discrepancy even in the training plan.
Batyrgaziev confirmed RIA SpoOlx Praca on Thursday that he was indeed scheduled to train with Zagitova, but was unable to appear as he is currently incapacitated.
“UnfoOlx Pracaunately, due to an old injury that bothered me in the last fight, I will not be able to take paOlx Praca in an open training session with Alina Zagitova, which was supposed to take place as paOlx Praca of the Moscow SpoOlx Pracas Day on June 25th. the idea was great, but the injury does not allow me to paOlx Pracaicipate”, said the star.
Despite initial speculation of a show competition, Zagitova’s boxing hobbies seem more modest in the form of her training with the 48-year-old Saitov, though it’s likely to still pique the interest of her legion of fans.
The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic champion and the following year’s world champion Zagitova announced in December 2019 that she was taking a break from her career.
Without officially announcing her retirement, the figure skating star has not officially competed since then, instead skating on exhibition shows and embarking on a career as a presenter on Russian television.
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Her boxing crossover marks the Russian figure skating star’s latest transition to another spoOlx Praca since recent 2022 Olympic silver medalist Alexandra Trusova. I tried my hand at long jump during an event to promote athletics in Moscow.