Boxer Profile: Igor Lazarev
Eindhoven – In build up to the Eindhoven Box Cup, the organizing committee will frequently post the profiles of participating boxers. This time the former professional football player and Israel Lightweight Champion Igor Lazarev who is looking for a gold medal in the very strong lightweight class!
Birthday (age): 29 years
Boxing Club: Maccabi Merkaz Ashdod
Weight Class: Lightweight -60kg
Record: 80 bouts
Occupation: Boxer, Personal fitness instructor
Hobby’s: Reading, listening music, riding the bike
First fight (incl. Result): 2011 (lost)
Titles/tournaments won: Israeli champion 2016, Finalist of the International tournament in Cyprus 2014.
What age did you start boxing: 24
Why did you start boxing: All my life I am connected to sports. Until the age of 24 I was a professional soccer player. After playing a year in the Siberian football club in Irkutsk I came back to Israel and decided to try something new. I’ve chosen boxing and from the start I fell in love with this sport.
Tell us about your best fight: My best fight was on the AIBA World Championship in Kazakhstan in 2013. I knocked out one of the best fighters of the tournament – Ukrainian boxer Vyacheslav Kislitsin (Kislitsin is a former European Champion and APB star, watch Lazarev’s TKO here).
What is your goal in boxing for the next five years: Next year I would be happy to get somewhere (final, semi, quarter:) in the European championship and then to try myself in the professional boxing.
Anything else you want to tell us: It`s a pleasure for me to come to Eindhoven together with my coach. It will be the first time we will travel together to the competitions outside Israel.