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.

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‘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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