Ex-world boxing champ suffers 'acid attack' in training for next bout

Former world boxing champion is left with severe burns after he was attacked with an ‘acid-like’ substance by hooded thugs who broke into his room while he was in the UK training for his next bout

  • Viktor Kotochigov was due to fight on December 11 and had begun training in UK
  • Former WBC Lightweight International Champion tried to fight hooded intruders
  • But Kazakh boxer, 28, says they came armed with ‘acid-like’ substance
  • Fighter has posted images on Instagram that show burns on his face, neck, body 

Former WBC Lightweight International Champion Viktor Kotochigov has suffered an ‘acid attack’ while training in the UK ahead of his next fight.

The Kazakh fighter, 28, has described how he was left ‘curling in pain’ after a gang of hooded men burst into his apartment, before throwing an ‘acid-like’ substance over him.

The ex-champion has told his followers on Instagram that he was ready to defend himself, but his assailants had come with no intention to fight.

After the attack, Kotochigov posted images with rashes and burns visible on his face,  neck, body and arm.

Former WBC Lightweight International Champion Viktor Kotochigov posted images on his Instagram account showing burns to his face, neck, arm and body after the attack

Kotochigov, who has won 12 of his 14 fights, losing the last two, was in the UK to prepare for his next bout, which was due to take place on December 11. And he has been supporting his friend, Tursynbay Kulakhmet, who lost to Juan Carlos Abreu last Friday.

However, his preparations have been turned on their head by the attack.

‘The England camp was a bit unlucky for me,’ Kotochigov, who lives in Almaty in Kazakhstan, explained on Instagram. ‘I flew to England, to prepare for the duel scheduled for December 11.

‘Got a room and started working out. It’s been four days, sleeping at home at night, hearing some noise outside the door, someone trying to open the lock loudly.

Kotochigov said on Instagram he was due to fight in the UK on December 11 and was training

The boxer who lives in Almaty, Kazakhstan, told Instagram followers he was ready to fight

‘I’m breaking into my mind and want to grab a knife, but there was nothing in the kitchen except for a form and spoon.

‘The door opens, people fly in, with their hood on their heads.

‘Not long thinking I stand up and go to them but apparently, they had no plans to fight me and they were pouring acid-like substance on me, I curled in pain and these people quickly hid.’

The fight scheduled for December would have been Kotochigov’s second in the UK. He previously fought and won against Andrejs Podusovs in Bethnal Green. 

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