Boxers put their weight behind Russia

Not all the sports stars at the Beijing Olympics are going for gold. RT met up with three boxing champions who are in China to support the Russian team.

After fights took him all over the world, Russian four time junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu is visiting the Chinese capital for the first time.

Having hung up his gloves, he now writes books about boxing and works on his own projects.

In Beijing, after enjoying the sports during the day, in the evenings he dons skating boots and steps onto the ice rink to train for a TV show.

He met up with female world champion Natalya Rogozina to trade a few tips.

“Not everyone can tell you how to do it right. But Kostya is a professional. When he gives me hints I accept them without criticism. It’s a real honour for me, even though I’m the absolute champion,” said Rogozina.