Orzubek Nazarov

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Name: Orzubek Nazarov
Born: 1966-08-30
Birthplace: Kant, Kyrgyzstan
Hometown: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 7½″   /   171cm
Reach: 71″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Alexander Zimin

In the amateurs Orzubek Nazarov was the European champion in 1987 and had a record of 153-12. Nazarov won a bronze medal for the Soviet Union at the 1986 World amateur championships in Reno, United States in the lightweight class.

Following the defense of his WBA title against Leavander Johnson, Nazarov was traveling back to his native Kyrgyzstan when the car he was in was attacked by gunmen. The car's other occupants, one of whom was allegedly in debt to Russian organized crime figures, were both killed. Nazarov was shot in the arm but survived. Before his next defense against Jean-Baptiste Mendy, he began to experience problems with his left eye, and when he was inadvertently thumbed in the eye in the third round of his bout with Mendy, the retina tore. Four subsequent operations failed to correct the condition, leaving him all but blind in the left eye. The Mendy bout was Nazarov's last.

Nazarov was elected to the Kyrgyz Parliament in 2007. [1]

World amateur championships results

1986 (as a lightweight) for the Soviet Union


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Preceded by:
Dingaan Thobela
WBA Lightweight Champion
1993 Oct 30 – 1998 May 16
Succeeded by:
Jean-Baptiste Mendy