Four important questions and four answers. Among the athletes invited to the interviews are many well-known personalities of our sport. Today – Rustam Babaiev! ()
PeSzy: Rustam – you've fought thousands of duels. Won and lost. Let's begin with the losses. Which opponent surprised you the most? You expected to win but you lost. Who was it, where, when, how did the fight go? And about the wins too. Which successful duel with which opponent turned out much easier than you expected?
Rustam Babaiev: One of the most unexpected duels, especially of the last few years... Was the one with Alex Kurdecha. A year and a half earlier I beat him at a Polish event. It was quite easy. Of course I realised that he has great potential and throughout that time he could have put on much more weight and strength. And that's what happened. In the moment of the duel his weight had to be at least 150 kg. But I was still sure of my victory. I didn't manage to win. And the winning duel that went much easier than I expected? It was the fight with Todd Hutchings in 2017. We fought only once before, in 2006 at Zloty Tur. And until 2017 we hadn't had the chance to meet again. He, on the other hand, was able to beat many respectable athletes. After the duel I realised I'm a very unwelcome rival to him.
PeSzy: During which competitions, tournaments, duels did you feel the spectators' support? Does the applause of the fans help you a lot? Have you ever fought “at foreign grounds” where the spectators wanted you to lose? What did it feel like?
Rustam Babaiev: All of this has happened before. The spectators screamed with all their might in support of myself, it happened the most in the open [category], especially at Zloty Tur when I started fighting with someone more renowned in the heavy weight.