Lazaro Alvarez has been labeled as one of the best boxers of the world. His personal record includes three AIBA world crowns, he is a twice Pan-Am champion and won a bronze medal in London Olympic Games, in 2012.
The name of this Pinar del Rio-born pugilist made the headlines in 2007, when he made it to the final of the AIBA Junior World Championship, held in Baku. He was defeated by local Ilkin Agayev. He was only 16 years old and his future was promising.
His career went through another setback in the Junior World Championship, held in Guadalajara, since he was eliminated in the first round by Russian Magomed Kurbanov. He was fighting in the 54 kg division at the time and there was a lot to be learned in the ring.
Alvarez first grand international victory took place at the Senior World Championship, in Baku, in 2011. He fought in the 56 kg division and won his six combats, including the final one, when he prevailed over British Luke Campbell, 14 - 10. This was how, at the age of 20, this Cuban boxer was proclaimed world champion of AIBA.
Also in 2011, 56 kg, he shone in Guadalajara Pan American Games, with a victory in the fight for the title against Mexican Oscar Valdez, 19 - 15.
In 2012, Alvarez was one of the big hopes of Cuban boxing in London Olympic Games. He won his first two fights, but he was defeated in quarter finals by Irish Joseph Nevin, 19 - 14, so he took the bronze medal back home.
A year later, in his second World Championship, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, now in the 60 kg division, Alvarez undoubtedly showed who the best fighter in that division was, by winning five out of the six combats as a result of the unanimous decision of the judges (3 - 0). In the fight for the gold, he easily prevailed over Brazilian Robson Donato Conceicao.
Between 2013 and 2014, Cuba participated with its franchise, the Tamers, in the 4th World Boxing Series. Alvarez had a great tournament, since he won six fights and lost the final match, against Albert Selimov, from the Baku Fires, in a controversial decision, because the Cuban fighter’s performance was better in the ring.
His polished technique and powerful punches stood out in the Central American and Caribbean Games, organized by Veracruz, in 2014. In that Mexican city, Alvarez won all of his fights 3 - 0. There was nothing local Lindolfo Delgado could do against him in the final.
In 2015, the Tamers attended the fifth edition of the World Series and Alvarez was unbeaten, since he won his nine fights. In the final, against the Wolves of Astana, Kazakhstan, he was one of the few fighters whose performance was excellent and he won against Zakir Safiullin.
In the summer of that very year, Alvarez fought in Toronto Pan-Am Games and held his crown in that event, by defeating Mexican Lindolfo Delgado, once again.
Alvarez put an end to the season by attending his third World AIBA Championship, held in Doha, Qatar. He was the favorite and fought his way up to the crown, where Azeri Albert Selimov was waiting for him, the one that had defeated him in the final of the 5th World Series. The combat was intense, but the Cuban pugilist delivered the best punches and collected his third world crown in a row.
Alvarez has been chosen among the top ten athletes of the year in Cuba and, in 2016, the main goal is to win the Olympic Games in Rio, the only title missing in his remarkable boxing career.