Given that every CULTURESCOPE episode comes packed with goodies, each standalone segment merits a closer look.
In this video, taken from Season 1, Episode 5 of CULTURESCOPE, host of the popular web series Paul Lambis interviews veteran boxer Louison Loizou.
Dubbed ‘the secret weapon of Cypriot sport’, the Nicosia-based heavyweight competes on the national team, having quickly become a popular local icon due to his professional ranking.
“All my life, I trained myself,” he says, when asked how he got started as a fighter. “It’s now 35 years I do the same job: Mixed Martial Arts, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing…
“I preferred to go into boxing – boxing is something clean. You need to work more your brain, technique, you need to be … a professional. You need to give everything a focus to be a fighter.”
And it seems Loizou was born to step into the ring.
“Some fighters become fighters because they love to fight, other fighters are fighters,” comments Loizou’s trainer, Mark Christodoulou. “He’s a fighter by nature, and when things really get tough that’s what separates the very good fighters from good fighters.
“His dedication is beyond normal, his commitment is beyond normal, his fitness level for a fighter of his age is beyond normal,” Christodoulou continues. “There’s no sustained breaks that he takes where he loses any conditioning or anything with his body.
“His commitment is a thousand per cent when it comes to the sport.”
And now, the dedicated pugilist is passing on his skills and his passion for boxing to young fighters, in the hope that they, too, will develop a lifelong love for his chosen sport.
“Without boxing, I don’t have life,” says Loizou.
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