Khamzat Chimaev’s manager Madji Shammas has posted a disturbing video giving insight into the rising star’s behind-the-scenes struggle to bounce back from Covid-19, some three months after he was first diagnosed with the virus.
Chimaev was first diagnosed with Covid back in November after a fight with Leon Edwards was cancelled, and according to his camp, the virus has continued to take a toll on the 26-year-old since, with “numerous complications and several visits to the hospital.”
That led to Chimaev pulling out of another rescheduled bout with Edwards last week after his attempt to start training again failed at the first hurdle.
“We tried to come back this Tuesday. He insisted that he wanted to train,” Shammas says in a video. “Then we tried and it failed.
“He was really bad, you know? He didn’t even do two rounds straight. He did one round and then rested. He started coughing, he started feeling ill again, and we had to cancel the training. He even went to the ambulance, to the hospital.”
Shammas then gave more insight into what led to the decision to take him to the hospital on that occasion.
“He complained that he had some chest pains after the training, so we gonna check the heart as well,” Shammas said. “We have been in and out of hospitals so many times now. Nowadays, lately, the last weeks it’s crazy. The other day, when he finished the training on Tuesday, he couldn’t even walk up to his room. He didn’t even have the energy to go up to his room. He fell asleep in the lobby.”
“He can’t train. His friends called me, ‘Hey, Khamzat can’t even speak.’ His fever is so high, his headache is so much, muscle pain and everything. Then an ambulance came and got him to the hospital. Even when he was in the hospital, he called me, when he called me he thought he was going to die. It was really bad.”
Check out the full video below