Azerbaijan’s Star Boxer Will Not Compete at Islamic Solidarity Games

Originally from Cuba, naturalized Azerbaijani boxer Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazzo told Sputnik Azerbaijan that he will not be competing in the upcoming Islamic Solidarity Games that will be held in Baku between May 12 – 22.

Originally from Cuba, naturalized Azerbaijani boxer Lorenzo Sotomayor told

Sputnik Azerbaijan

that he will not be competing in the upcoming Islamic Solidarity Games that will be held in Baku between May 12 – 22.

“Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in the upcoming competitions. Currently my weight is 68 kilograms. I do not want to lose weight on four kilograms for a few days and thus weakly perform at the competitions”, he said.

According to the article, Sotomayor is now prepare for the upcoming European and world championships.

Born in the Cuban capital of Havana, Lorenzo Sotomayor moved to Baku in 2013 when he took the Azerbaijani citizenship.

“A coach from Azerbaijan called me and that’s how it all started. I moved here and now every single day I thank God, because of it. I am enjoying my time here, even though I am not a local, I have lots of friends here. The people are fantastic”, he told the

Association Internationale De La Presse Sportive

.

Sotomayor won gold in the  2015 European Games held in Baku, whereas he won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics games. Sotomayor was the first boxer competing for Azerbaijan to reach the final of the

Olympics games

.

The boxer adopted the name

Collazo

during the 2015 European Games. It means “shining star”.

Sotomayor is not the first Olympics athlete of his family. His cousin, Javier Sotomayor, won high-jump gold at Barcelona

1992

.

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