A convicted rapist and a neo-Nazi step into a boxing ring. It sounds like the beginning of a crude joke, but it actually happened.
Over the weekend, Russian organization Hardcore Boxing promoted a bout between Alexander Emelianenko, brother to heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, and notorious white supremacist Viacheslav Datsik.
The bout only last 13-seconds when Datsik blasted Emelianenko with a massive overhand left that immediately dropped the former PRIDE FC standout. The victory moved Datsik to 3-2 in his last five, all taking place in 2022. Despite the emphatic defeat, Alexander Emelianenko has no intentions of moving on from Viacheslav Datsik. In an interview following the loss, Emelianenko stated he was going to speak to the promotion about booking a rematch.
“I apologise to the fans and the fans. To everyone who rooted for me. I chased Datsik, underestimated him. I won’t do that again. I will talk to Hardcore Boxing to arrange a rematch. I will definitely beat him.”
Alexander Emelianenko gets slept
— MMA Mania (@mmamania) September 24, 2022
Alexander Emelianenko and Viacheslav Datsik Share a Disturbing Criminal Background
Alexander Emelianenko was once a promising heavyweight under the legendary PRIDE organization. Following rumors that the fighter was no longer able to get a license due to contracting Hepatitis B, he began fighting for the M-1 promotion in Russia. In 2015, Emelianenko was convicted of sexual assault and the kidnapping of his housekeeper. Found guilty, Alexander Emelianenko was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison but was released on bail after just 18 months.
Viacheslav Datsik was convicted in 2007 for a series of robberies and attacks on local brothels after dropping six-straight fights. In July 2010, he was moved to a minimum-security psychiatric hospital after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. One month later, Datsik escaped and crossed the border into Norway. Datsik sought political asylum claiming that he was “not a nationalist, but a racist.” Datsik was detained and deported back to Russia in 2011 where he was imprisoned until 2016.