Alina Zagitova is stepping into the ring – although it won’t be what some had expected
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Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova will take part in an exhibition training session with Russian former boxing star Oleg Saitov in Moscow later this month, it has been confirmed. Zagitova recently teased a switch to boxing, prompting speculation that the 2018 gold medal queen could even take part in an exhibition bout.
“This is not a contest with Alina, but a master class. I was offered [the chance], and I gladly agreed to conduct a master class with our beautiful figure skater,” said two-time Olympic gold medalist Saitov.
“I’m very pleased that Alina has started boxing! Boxing is an interesting sport at any age.
“What will be in the program? The most important thing in boxing is defense, the ability to defend yourself, move around, strike.
“That is, there must be a set of skills. When a person only knows how to strike, he will miss out on defense, and this is bad.”