A boxer from South Ossetia is assisting Floyd Mayweather to get ready for the championship bout
A renowned South Ossetian professional boxer, the European champion under the WBC in the weight class up to 66.6 kg Aslanbek Kozaev is now in the U.S with his coach Vitaly Slanov. As reported to IA "Res" by the coach of the athlete, the invitation was received from the coaching staff of the world famous legendary American boxer Floyd Mayweather to take part in the preparation of Mayweather for a world title fight, according to WBA and WBC with a Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto, - said Slanov. - Miguel Cotto – is the world champion of 2004 - 2006, under the WBA version. He is the current world champion under the WBA version. The fight between Mayweather and Cotto will be held May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas. "
According to the trainer, professional boxers of such a level always train under a concrete opponent, taking into account the peculiarities of his technical and tactical training, and many other factors.
"And the way of fighting of our boxer, his technique, physicality and other characteristics coincide with those of the rival of Mayweather - continued the trainer. - Therefore, his coaches considered reasonable before the upcoming fight that Kozaev would have ''worked'' with Floyd in pairs as a sparring partner. "
The coach of the boxer from Tskhinval said that training with the American boxer will bring Kozaev huge benefit.
"Being trained by such a legendary master of leather glove, our athlete will significantly enrich his experience and technical and tactical arsenal. And also thanks to the joint training, we`ll take a closer look at the American school of boxing and many aspects of its training system ", - added the coach.
He has also noted that during his staying in the U.S. Kozaev may be offered to fight a bout with one of the famous American boxers.
"In this case, we will consider the proposal and if it suits us, then we will stay in America for further training for a fight" - added Slanov.
It should be noted that April 8, 2012 Aslanbek Kozaev won the European title in boxing in the weight class up to 66.6 kg according to WBC. Previously, he also became a world champion under the WBC among the youth, the intercontinental youth champion under the WBC, the champion of Asia among adults. He held 20 fights and won all of them. The athlete trains in the Tskhinval branch of the boxing club "Ariana" by the honored coach of South Ossetia and Russia Vitaly Slanov and master of sports Alexander Tedeev. The South Ossetian boxer is representing the Russian promotional company "Ural Boxing Promotion."