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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Igor Lazarev to Face Angelo Peña

Igor Lazarev is scheduled to face Angelo Peña on April 15 at Stadttheater Bern in Bern, Switzerland. This fight was originally scheduled for last December 26. Lazarev currently has two bouts on the docket within a month of each other.

Lazarev, a 35 year old Israel, is 8-2 with 3 KOs. He started his pro career 6-0. His last fight was a competitive points defeat to Greg McGuinness in a six-rounder. Early in his career, Lazarev pressured and attacked his opponent's body. Recently, he's boxed more.

Peña is a 27 year old southpaw who was born in Madrid, Spain and now fights out of Bern. In his lone prizefight, Peña stopped Irakli Shariashvili in the second round on December 26. The much shorter Peña utilized his fast hands to throw numerous combinations. He displayed quick feet and a willingness to vary his punches. He scored two knockdowns in the second round. The first came from a left to the head at the end of a combination. The second was caused by a vicious right hook to the body.

Shariashvili was at his best in the brief moments in which he bullied Peña on the inside. Lazarev will want to stay inside and try to maul Peña. That may negate Angelo's foot and hand speed advantages and also his southpaw stance. Too often though, Shariashvili covered up in front of Peña and allowed the shorter faster man to fire away.

Shariashvili, a 23 year old from Rustavi, Georgia with a 7-11-1 record, has also fought Igor Lazarev's other scheduled opponent, Dominik Harwankowski. Shariashvili lasted the six round distance against Harwankowski 16 days before his fight against Peña. Lazarev is supposed to fight Harwankowski on March 19.

As is the case with Igor's scheduled fight against Harwankowski, the contest with Peña is slated for six rounds. Both fights are slated for the junior lightweight division although none of the three men have fought in the 130 pound division regularly. In fact, Hawankowski is the only one to have ever weighed in under 130 as a pro, and he only did it once.

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