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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Lazarev to Fight In Albania Again

Igor Lazarev is scheduled to fight in Albania for the second time in his career on February 22. This bout will take place against Romanian Stefan Nicolae at Stela Resort in Kashar.

Lazarev (5-0, 2 KOs) is a pressure fighter who attacks the body relentlessly. The 33 year old Israeli resident beat Dmytro Kostenko last October. His first fight in Albania took place last September in Tirana and resulted in a split decision victory over Landro Xhelili.

Nicolae, a 28 year old from Romania, sports a rather unimpressive 3-21-1 record. He has one KO and has been stopped seven times. However, Nicolae hasn't been KOed in his last nine bouts and earned his one KO in that span. He has lost his last five fights, but four of them were against undefeated opponents.

The Romanian fighter has traveled all over Europe for his matches, but interestingly has never fought in Romania. Though younger and yet more experienced, Nicolae has some stark disadvantages heading into this contest. BoxRec lists him at 5'3", which is five and half inches shorter than Lazarev. Nicolae's last fight was at junior featherweight while Lazarev, a lightweight, fights three divisions heavier.

This bout is scheduled for six rounds. Nicolae has fought as many as six rounds eight times while Igor has gone at least six twice, included an eight round decision victory in his last fight.

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