Hero boxer left unrecognisable after horror injuries from fighting off bear that killed pal on fishing trip

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Hero boxer left unrecognisable after horror injuries from fighting off bear that killed pal on fishing trip

A hero boxer who fought a bear that killed a friend on a fishing trip could not be identified because of his injuries.

Ilya Medvedev, 24, made his first public appearance when he stabbed to death a brown bear that attacked him and his friend Vyacheslav ‘Slav’ Dudnik, 48.

Ilya Medvedev fought a bear that killed his friend on a fishing trip

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Ilya Medvedev fought a bear that killed his friend on a fishing tripcredit: EAST2WEST

The Slavs did not survive the attack, but the promising young fighter managed to fight and kill the beast.

The boxer, who competed in national competitions, initially tried to shoot the animal in a desperate attempt to defend himself.

However, when the giant bear knocked the gun out of his hands, he was forced to end it with a knife.

Ilya was taken by boat to the hospital, where he was recovering from injuries to his head and limbs.

Even after his recovery from the October attack, his face has to be extensively reconstructed.

London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev dubbed him a “real hero” as he posed with him at a boxing event in Russia.

Mekhontsev shared a photo of himself with Ilya on Instagram – which was liked almost 2,000 times.

He said the attack left Ilya in a medically induced coma.

And he said that he believed that the young man’s boxing skills helped him fight the furious beast, calling him a “real fighter.”

“Now Ilya is rehabilitating after the experience and preparing for further operations,” wrote the winner.

Mekhontsev continued: “Many people have read his story in the press when he went fishing with two friends and met a bear that attacked people.

Ilya is about to undergo facial reconstructive surgery for his terrible injuries

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Ilya is about to undergo facial reconstructive surgery for his terrible injuriescredit: Instagram/@egor_mekhontsev/

“The bear immediately killed a fisherman, then took our hero Ilya Medvedev.

“He was already under the bear and it bit him, trying to tear him apart. Ilya had little chance of survival … He escaped on his own and saved his friend.

“In his pocket, he fumbled for a knife while the bear tormented him, and stabbed the bear several times with a knife.

“As it turned out later, these were blows to the vital organs of the bear. The bear retreated and died a short distance away.”

Reports at the time said that the bear attacked Ilya’s friend Slava before accusing the young boxer.

Another fisherman, 41-year-old Dennis Chebotar, was securing his small boat by the river when he heard a “bear” shout and then a gunshot.

He said: “When I reached the spot, I saw Slava dead.”

“He had time to shoot twice, then clearly backed off, recharged, and fired two more shots,” explained Cheboter, the spectator.

“The fifth cartridge was not completely in the chamber. He did not have time.”

After miraculously defeating a brown bear, which can weigh up to 600 kg, Cheboator dragged the “barely alive” boxer onto the boat and escorted him to the nearest hospital.

The Tyumen Boxing Federation also supported Medvedev on social media as they wished him a happy birthday last week.

“We wish Ilya a speedy recovery, good health, good spirits and peace of mind,” the federation said.

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