Angelina Jolie lookalike doubles as Olympic boxing hopeful
Khazakhstan-born Tsoloeva, 22, bears a striking resemblance to the Hollywood beauty.
And the national bronze medalist — who has been acclaimed as an up-and-coming talent in the world of women’s boxing — said she was surprised but flattered to be compared to the actress, who is married to Brad Pitt.
“I won’t lie, I love this actress and am amazed by her beauty,” Tsoloeva said. “The whole world tries to imitate her looks, but I do not think we look similar. Maybe some features are more or less like hers, but we definitely look different.”
Tsoloeva, whose favorite Angelina Jolie movie is “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” admits her family was skeptical when she first took up boxing.
But she proved them wrong by winning her bronze medal in the Kazakh national championships — losing in the semifinals to the eventual winner — and is now hoping to compete in the Rio Olympics this summer.
Her coach Alexander Vistoskiy remembers his first meeting with the talented athlete.
“I asked her to do a couple of hits,” Vistoskiy said. “Immediately I realized that she is an incredible talent. In five minutes, she learned as much as most people would learn in a year.”
Women were allowed to competitively box for the first time at the Olympics during the 2012 London Olympics, producing the world’s first 12 female Olympic medalist
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