Boxer reveals horrific burns suffered in acid attack in UK hotel room

Boxer Viktor Kotochigov has revealed he has been the victim of an acid attack while preparing for a fight in the UK.

The former WBC lightweight international champion has been in England preparing for a fight scheduled to take place on 11 December.

The Kazakhstan fighter had been staying in a hotel when he was allegedly attacked by hooded thugs, who threw an ‘acid-like substance’ at him that left him ‘curling in pain’.

He explained on Instagram: ‘Briefly about the situation: 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.

‘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.

‘Called the coach first thing. The coach came at night, took me to the hospital, took care of me, for which I am very grateful!

‘I’ve spent the last few days in the hospital, with burns, being watched by doctors.

‘I didn’t conflict with anyone who needed this, no idea. I understood one thing, you need to go to the camp to proven places.’

The 28-year-old had been unbeaten in his first 12 professional fights before suffering back-to-back losses in his last two outings – against Maxi Hughes in Dubai last year and to Ireland’s Gary Cully in Bolton in March.

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