Nicknamed “Black Tiger,” Rasul Mirzaev from Dagestan recently stopped former Sengoku featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara in the main event of Fight Nights “Battle of Moscow 4” on July 7. 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.
The student, Ivan Agafonov, was outside a popular Moscow nightclub with friends when the incident occurred. He had with him a radio-controlled toy car and apparently used it to strike up conversation with a woman of Mirzaev’s acquaintance.
A witness claims that when Agafonov jokingly offered the young woman “a lift” in his toy car, Mirzaev interjected. The two then exchanged words before Mirzaev allegedly kicked the toy car to pieces. He then apparently hit the young man one blow with his left hand.
Agafonov was dropped by the punch, which knocked him unconscious. He regained consciousness around 15 minutes later and was initially thought to be fine but then “began raving like a lunatic”. Several hours later, he lost consciousness again and lingered in a coma for four days before passing away on Wednesday.
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.