Because of the injury, which Khadzhimurat received during the World Cup, the sportsman refused to participate in the series of armfights with Rustam Babaev on November 18-19 in Poland. ()
"After long negotiations, it was decided to find a replacement for Khadzhimurat, and not to cancel the fight, – explains Igor Mazurenko. – Candidacy was picked up quickly, because there was practically no one to choose from. And we were lucky that this sportsman immediately agreed. So, rival of Rustam Babaev in the title fight becomes an armwrestler from the United States Todd Hutchings".
So Rustam Babaev again got a new rival! We want to tell a little about the history of choosing an opponent for Rustam.
Initially, rival for Rustam for the fight at Vendetta supposed to be Ermes Gasparini from Italy. The story of their confrontation began on the previous Zloty Tur, when Ermes could give a serious fight to the legendary Babaev and even win. That victory of Ermes left questions, so the armfight between these athletes was supposed to put everything in its place.