By Alexey Sukachev
The temperature is lowering quickly in Udmurt capital. Izhevsk isn’t definitely the coldest place on the Earth but tonight it’s -30° Celsium, and tomorrow will hardly be any warmer. It was muvh hotter, however, in one of Izhevsk city megamalls during a huge open workout, performed by four headlining persons (Alexander Bakhtin, Nick Otieno, Denis Lebedev and Ignaio Esparza) and supported by pretty girls from one of local clubs.
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“I’m extremely happy to stage an important tournament in this lovely place of Izhevsk. I’m sure all the boxers will showcase their best skills in crowd-pleasing encounters,” said promoter Vladimir Hryunov.
Both Lebedev and Bakhtin, who was accompanied among others by former WBC champion Yuri Arbachakov, the first Russian to capture a major world title in pro boxing, confirmed their full readiness and gave autograph sessions to fans in attendance aside from shadowboxing.
“We are ready to give Denis a tough fight for the joy of local fans”, said Esparza’s well-known head coach Ramon Arellano. “Ignacio is a hard nut, he was the WBA Fedebol and the Mexican cruiserweight champion and he gave hell of a fight to Serbian Enad Licina. Personally, I think that fight should have ended at least being a draw. Frankly speaking, I’m sure my boy was the better of two men inside the ring. Footwork, hand speed and an asset of skills, well underrated skills of Ignacio, will earn us a victory on Monday night. We are well prepared and even a tough climate will not cause us any problems. In fact, the weather is fine and it’s to be noted that we shall fight at the indoor arena and not outdoors”, added Arellano laughingly. “Denis is certainly a great boxer but we shall prove Ignacio is no worse”.
“First of all, I’m deeply touched by the hospitality of Russian people. I’m very proud to compete here and I’m sure I can bring entertainment for the crowd in attendance,” said Kenyan bantamweight Nick Otieno through his interpreter. “As for the temperature, it’s indeed a bit cold here but we are prepared for much bigger troubles inside the ring so this climate doesn’t bother us much,” confirmed Bakhtin’s next opponent. “Anyway, I’m gonna shock the world. I‘ll shock Russian supporters as well by beating him badly and stopping him within a single minute of the fight”, boastfully predicted Otieno with a wink. “No, I haven’t seen his fights. I don’t do it usually. And I’ll not tell you my secret punch. Just believe me it’ll be a brutal ending for your compatriot.”