A young boxer is in a serious condition in hospital after fighting off and knifing to death a wild bear which had killed his friend.
Ilya Medvedev was on a fishing trip on the Irtysh River in Russia when he and fellow angler Vyacheslav ‘Slava’ Dudnik were suddenly attacked.
Vyacheslav, 48, was quickly mauled to death by the raging beast, which then turned to attack the 23-year-old professional boxer.
Another fisherman Denis Chebotar, 41, was securing their small boat on the river banks when he heard screams and desperate shouts about "a bear".
He rushed into the forest to help his friends and heard shots.
“I heard screams. They shouted: ‘A bear!’
“When I reached the spot, I saw Slava dead,” he said.
The boxer, who has taken part in the Russian championships and other national competitions, had tried to shoot the beast but the bear had knocked the gun out of his hands, so he fought with a knife.
“Ilya was finishing the bear off with a knife,” he said.
“He had time to shoot twice, then obviously retreated, recharged, and made two more shots.”
Yet the fierce bear was still attacking despite its gunshot wounds.
The bear knocked the gun away and “Ilya was stabbing it with a knife".
The bear was finally defeated but he had left the young boxer with grave wounds.
Mr Chebotar dragged the “barely alive” boxer to the boat and took him to the nearest hospital.
He is now in intensive care with injuries to his head and body.
Criminal investigators have begun a probe into the bear attack, say reports.
In 2019, Medvedev won a gold medal in the 64kg weight category at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships.
Back in 2017, a cyclist caught on camera as he was chased by a large brown bear after catching the animal's attention by accident as he rode through a forest track.
Dusan Vinzik, had a camera strapped to his helmet and caught the terrifying encounter as he rode behind his friend in the woodland in Malino Brdo, Slovakia.
In the clip the front rider, wearing a red and black top, can be seen taking on the challenging course.
But all of a sudden the course took a terrifying turn as a bear appeared and began to gallop towards the fast moving bike.Read More Read More