Boxer’s face mangled after fighting bear that killed friend during fishing trip

A boxer who incredibly fought off a bear that killed his friend during a fishing trip has been left with horrific scars on his face.

Ilya Medvedev stabbed a brown bear to death after the animal attacked him and his friend Vyacheslav ‘Slava’ Dudnik.

Dudnik did not survive the attack, but the young boxer managed to fight off the bear’s advances and killed the animal.

The 24-year-old had tried to shoot the bear as he desperately tried to stay alive, but the animal knocked the gun out of his hands.

Medvedev managed to miraculously kill the bear with a knife before he was taken to hospital by boat.

The Russian is due to undergo extensive facial reconstruction as he continues his recovery from the attack, which left him in a medically induced coma.

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London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev labelled Medvedev ‘a hero’ and a ‘real fighter’ as he shared a photo of the duo together on Instagram.

“Now Ilya is conducting rehabilitation after the experience and preparing for further operations,” Mekhontsev wrote.

“Many have read his story in the press of when he went fishing with two friends and met a bear that attacked the guys.

“The bear killed one fisherman right away, then took to our hero, Ilya Medvedev.

“He was already under the bear and it mutilated him, trying to tear him apart. Ilya had very few chances to survive… he survived 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 the knife.

“As it turned out later, these were blows to the vital organs of the bear. The bear retreated and died not far from him.”

The bear reportedly attacked Medvedev’s friend Dudnik before charging at the boxer.

Fisherman Denis Chebotar was in the area when he heard shouting and gunshots.

“When I reached the spot, I saw Slava dead,” the 41-year-old said.

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“He had time to shoot twice, then obviously retreated, recharged, and made two more shots.

“The fifth cartridge was not completely into the chamber. He had no time.”

Chebotar dragged the mangled boxer to the boat and delivered him to the nearest hospital.

The Tyumen Boxing Federation sent a message of support to 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,” their statement read.

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