Silver medalist of the 2021 World Championship among the military, winner of the 2022 Russian Team Cup Konstantin Opolsky (up to 60 kg) believes that the solid prize fund of the Russian Championship in Chita will be a serious motivation for the boxers.
The Russian Men’s Boxing Championship will be held from September 30 to October 8 in Chita. The tournament prize will be 26 million rubles. Winners will receive 1.5 million rubles each, silver medalists – 250,000 rubles each, bronze medalists – 125,000 rubles each. In total, more than 300 athletes from 60 regions of the country will take part in the Russian Championship. The competitions will take place in 13 weight categories.
“In any case, there will be competition in the Russian championship, because we will have to participate in the main tournament of the country,” said Opolsky, whose words “” were provided by the press service of the Federation Russian boxing. — But I cannot name the main rival, because the tournament grid is unknown. In any case, only athletes who train a lot win. I consider myself the favorite in my weight category, the last competitions have been successful for me and I am in good shape. I can distinguish contenders for victory in other weight categories: up to 48 kg – Volodya Mnatsakanyan and up to 54 kg – Dmitry Dvali. For me personally, the Russian Championship is an important start, because it is here that the composition of future tournaments is determined. These are important competitions for boxers who want to reach great heights in the sport. The championship will have a decent prize fund. A million and a half for the victory is a very good prize and a great motivation for an athlete.
Opolsky compared the world championship among the military, which took place last year in Moscow, and the Russian championship.
– I think that the world championship among the military is no different from the level of the Russian championship. The atmosphere will be the same. The only thing is that the same boxers that we know well and train together in training camp will participate. Chita will have a very strong roster, which includes world and European champions and Olympic medalists. In any case, I am happy to compete and box in the same tournament with the leaders of the national team, the titled athletes. The title of champion of the country is a great achievement for all boxers, each of us has come a long way. It is very important, even if you have already won the title of Russian champion, it will be very pleasant to win it again. I participated in the championship in 2020, but I lost in the second fight, and now I have a second chance to become champion of Russia,” added Opolsky.
The Russian Championship will be broadcast on channels.
Source : MatchTV
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