By Alexey Sukachev
Tonight’s WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Vitaly Klitschko and challenger Juan Carlos Gomez will be darkened by sad news coming from Stuttgart, the city where this bout will be held. It was reported earlier today that Edmund Lipinski, one of the most prominent figures in the Russian boxing community and a WBC vice-president, tragically passed away at age 74 while representing the WBC at the championship fight. Lipinski lapsed into coma yesterday morning, was taken to the hospital by ambulance but sadly died never regaining consciousness.
Edmund Cheslavovich Lipinski, once an amateur fighter himself, was conferred the title “Master of sports of the USSR” in 1959; he was presented with an award of “The Honor Coach of Russia” for his trainer achievements in 1973. Lipinski was a head of Russian Boxing Federation since 1982 till 1989, at the same time being the deputy chairman of USSR Boxing Federation (since 1985). Edmund Lipinski died while being the Deputy General Director of the Moscow City Sports Bureau (since 1990), also the president of the Independent and Slovenian Boxing Bureau (since 1993) and the vice-president of the WBC (1996). He was recognized as one of the most influential personalities in Russian boxing, being one of the reasons why Russia has recently come into power as one of the world’s leading boxing countries.
Fightnews team sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Edmund Lipinski.