According to the Vedomosti newspaper, today, on April 5, at the age of 85, the famous sports commentator and two-time TEFI television award winner Vladimir Ilyich Gendlin, who was considered one of the most authoritative experts in the field of boxing and made a huge contribution to popularizing of this sport in Russia.
It is reported that Gendlin suffered a massive heart attack on March 9th, after which he underwent two operations on the same day. A week later, he was discharged from the hospital, but soon felt unwell again. At the same time, it is clarified that tests for coronavirus gave a negative result. But on March 26, doctors discovered the presence of antibodies in Gendlin’s body, concluding that he had suffered from COVID-19, which he simply did not notice. The disease resulted in pneumonia, after which on April 4 Gendlin was transferred to mechanical ventilation.
Note that Gendlin was a master of sports in boxing, at the amateur level he had 51 fights (50 wins and one defeat). At the end of his sports career, he worked as a television journalist in Volgograd, a children’s boxing coach in Kislovodsk. In 1989 he headed the first professional boxing club in the USSR “Red Stars”, was a member of the leadership of the Union of Boxers of Russia. In the mid-90s, Vladimir Gendlin created the Big Ring program on the NTV channel. From 1994 to 2016, Gendlin worked as a commentator on the broadcasts of the NTV and NTV-Plus channels, since 2000 – also on Channel One. The journalist was the author of documentaries about Konstantin Tszyu, Oleg Maskaev, Sergei Artemiev and other famous boxers.