Warriors - Slavs, make money on the box

Stars professional boxing are starting to sort things out on the Russian ring. The air smelled big money. Scented this domestic sports management.

In the most prestigious weight category - heavyweight - came the "Slav revolution": Russian Oleg Maskaev captured the world leadership in the WBC, Wladimir Klitschko - champion IBF, Russian Nikolay Valuev and Belarusian Sergei Liakhovich - Former world champion of WBA and WBO respectively. And on the way new stars. As you know, the next contender Wladimir Klitschko fight for the title of world champion heavyweight version of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) can become a Russian athlete - 27-year-old Alexander Povetkin, who does not know defeat is 13 fights - 13 wins. But before you get the right to meet with Klitschko, he and three candidates will hold a tournament together. To begin Russians came into the fight with Chris Byrd in Germany. Site selection is not random: sometimes is much easier to arrange a meeting somewhere in the West than in Moscow, where there is a full experience of similar shows. Meanwhile, the current success of Russian boxers demand and improve the management system. The correspondent of "Itogi" Try to understand Are our sports managers to the new situation and that promises Russia rise of interest in boxing in general.

In the ring and around

According to Victor Rybakov, vice-president of the Amateur Boxing Federation of Russia, in our country, this sport has always been popular. Since the Soviet boxers made their debut at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952, they are not inferior to anyone leading position in amateur boxing. Perhaps the only serious competitor for us was Cuba. Until the 90s thank our fans blared, but professional boxing has not been successful. As there was no normal sports business. And only when the boxers have the opportunity to live, say, in Germany (as did Klitschko), Australia (Kostya Tszyu) or US (Maskaev), went to the first significant achievement and victory. Over the past ten years in the post-Soviet space "sprouted" capitalist relations, and there were many young boxers (the same Valuev, who came from the amateur boxing), which with proper management and are able to hold a full-fledged promotion "clearing».

"Our goal - to make boxing mass and popular," - says "Results" immediate prospects Yury Fedorov, head of Yuri Fedorov Sports Laboratory, held in December 2006, the first battle for the world title of the WBC in Russia (Fyodorov himself, by the way, graduate of the Faculty of GITIS producer, for about ten years in the organization of concerts of international stars). Then, we recall, Oleg Maskaev retained his title, beating Peter Okhello of Uganda. Fedorov said that in Russia there are many talented boxers that can enter the elite in their weight categories.

The country has more than ten years, there is the federation of professional boxing. Engaged in it, however, mainly the formal aspect of the sport: the observance of rules and other international standards, licensing boxers pro referees, judges, security of athletes and so on.. But boxing today, and it is obvious to everyone in the first place is very profitable business. In Russia, everything seems to understand it, but it, nevertheless, is stopped. Cause? "So far in the country do not appear competent, honest promoters capable of, as the Americans say, to build an athlete - to prepare him to pick opponents, that is, make it a superior fighter, the case will not budge," - said Vladimir Gendlin, sports commentator, authoritative expert on boxing.

But the fact that the situation is slowly beginning to change, indisputable fact. At least the same Alexander Povetkin of the country is not going to leave. "Sasha was born and lives in Kursk, trains in the Moscow Chekhov and wants to spend his fights in Russia, - says his manager, Vladimir Hryunov. - The country has a lot of class boxers who also want to always fight in the homeland. " But to move forward, you need to create an infrastructure in Russia, similar to the one that exists in professional boxing in the West, and this ultra-modern training facilities, and the staff of various specialists. Finally, we need to learn how to attract public attention to the fight, said Hryunov.

In America there was a culture of sports spectacles for a long time. "Fights are usually held on Saturdays from 19 to 23 hours. Those who came to the room, want to relax, it is interesting to spend these four hours. That is why it is important to make the match a vivid picture, not just a show - told the "Results" Wladimir Klitschko. - At the boxing all highly realistic, unvarnished. I do not want to offend anyone, but you can play football, hockey, basketball, boxing But do not play! »


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