Mirzaev, an undefeated featherweight, has been arrested and
charged with causing grievous bodily harm resulting in death
following an altercation with a 19-year-old student outside of a
Moscow night club last weekend, several Russian news outlets
reported on Friday.
On Sunday, at 3:49 a.m., 25-year-old Fight Nights Moscow
featherweight champion Mirzaev allegedly punched 19-year-old
business student Ivan Agafonov in the face at point-blank range,
causing him to fall headfirst onto the concrete. The incident
happened outside of popular night club Garage, where the fighter
was reportedly a regular guest. The two had gotten into an argument
about a girl, according to eyewitness accounts published by popular
news website LifeNews.ru.
Agafonov was admitted to a hospital, where he reportedly fell into
a coma hours later. He died Thursday of cerebral hemorrhage.
Relatives of the deceased are also putting part of the blame on the
staff of the Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 1 in Moscow. According
to a report by major Russian TV channel NTV, the young man could
not get medical treatment for a few hours before he fell into the
Mirzaev was interrogated and reportedly arrested by the Moscow
police on Friday. The maximum sentence for great bodily harm
resulting in death is 15 years in Russia.
Nicknamed “Black Tiger,” Mirzaev recently stopped former Sengoku
featherweight champion Masanori
Kanehara in the main event of Fight Nights “Battle of Moscow 4”
on July 7.
The fighter’s head coach, Kamil Gadzhiev, told LifeNews.ru that he
felt sorry for the deceased man.
“I am very shocked and can’t do anything but hope that the
investigation will be objective and careful,” Gadzhiev said. “This
is a terrible coincidence. A great tragedy for both. I offer my
sincere condolences to the family of Ivan. I can only say that
Rasul never knowingly could kill a man.”
Alexei Zhernakov, vice president of RusFighters Sport Club,
explained to Sherdog.com in a text message that he was equally
shocked by the situation.
“I have known Rasul for about two years,” he said. “He has always
been a very nice and cheerful guy, as well as a very diligent,
goal-seeking sportsman who achieved everything through hard work.
This is a great tragedy, resulting in one young man being dead and
the other ruining his life.”