Does Russian boxing have a future?
By Vestnik Kavkaza
Boxing is one of the favorite sports in the North Caucasus. The biggest number of user searches on boxing comes from Dagestan. Users of Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia and Chechnya are also active in this direction. This year the Youth NCFD Boxing Championships took place in Cherkessk. Dagestan took first place in team events, second place was taken by Karachay-Cherkessia, the Stavropol Region took third place. North Ossetia was fourth.
Sporting experts predict a promising future for Russian boxing, but they see a lot of problems on the path of its development.
Vyacheslav Yanovsky, an Olympic champion, thinks that boxing stopped its development due to development of other kinds of wrestling – kickboxing and others. “At the same time, our professional boxing is flourishing. It gives us motivation. We have lost a lot of coaches. When there was a bad period, coaches had to survive and left sport. I think that, as a result, boxing has changed its structure,” Yanovsky says. “Today we are returning to the boxing which we used to have, which was entertaining on TV and in the hall. Athletes took off masks. We will return to old gloves. Boxing will be more productive.”
Roman Karamzin, the IBF champion, doesn’t like that today Russian boxers prefer to train abroad: “We have coaches in Russia. Believe me, I was trained by famous coaches there, for instance, Freddy Rouch. We have better coaches than they do. They simply choose the best of the best, that’s why some say that the whole of boxing is in the West. It is not true.”