A professional boxer in action “grave” Condition in hospital after fighting off and killing a brown bear.
Ilya Medvedev was 23 years old and was fishing in Russia’s Irtysh River when he met Vyacheslav “Slava” Dudnik (48) was attacked suddenly. Dudnik was mauled to death in a matter of minutes before the bear turned its attention towards the professional boxer.
The Russian championships were won by the boxer.
He saved his life by fighting the bear. However, he is currently in critical condition at the hospital and has suffered serious injuries to his head and body.
Denis Chebotar, 41 was another fisherman and was securing their small vessel on the river bank. He heard screams, desperate shouts, and then he realized that there was an additional fisherman Denis Chebotar. “a bear!”
He ran to the forest to help his friends when he heard shots.
“I heard screams. They shouted: ‘A bear!’
“And that’s all… then shots. When I reached the spot, I saw Slava dead,” He stated.
“Ilya was finishing the bear off with a knife,” He stated.
“He had time to shoot twice, then obviously retreated, recharged, and made two more shots.”
Despite the gunshot wounds, however, the fierce bear kept attacking.
“The fifth cartridge was not completely into the chamber. He had no time…”
The bear knocked the gun away and “Ilya was stabbing it with a knife…”
Finally, he killed the bear but suffered grievous wounds.
Chebotar dragged the “barely alive” boxer to the boat and delivered him to the nearest hospital.
He is now in intensive care in a “grave condition” with lacerated injuries to the head and body, say reports from Uvatsky district, in the Tyumen region.
Criminal investigators have begun a probe into the bear attack, say reports.
In 2019, Medvedev won a gold medal in the 64 kg weight category at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships.