Frenkel Stops Swartz in 1st round KO

alexander frenkel20.08.07 - By Ron Hansen: Unbeaten cruiserweight boxing prospect Alexander Frenkel (12-0, 9 KOs) destroyed journeyman Shane Swartz (18-6, 12 KOs), knocking him out in the 1st round on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle, in Berlin, Germany. Frenkel, 22, originally born in Kirovgrad, Ukraine, and not living and fighting out of Germany, landed a right hand-left hook combination that sent Swartz to the canvas, where he lay motionless for a minute. The fight was stopped at 0:50 of the 1st round.

Frenkel, 6’1” 195 lbs, is one of the best cruiserweight prospects in Germany, and along with Yoan Pablo Hernandez, another German-based cruiserweight, are considered future boxing stars of the sport.

Known for having tremendous power with either hands, along with the ability to end a fight with one punch - as was the case with Swartz - Frenkel is destined to be a force in the cruiserweight division for a long to come.

Seconds into the fight, Frenkel landed a huge left hook, a punch that would have knocked out most fighters due to the power behind. Swartz took it, but it was a prelude for things that would come later. Swartz, wanting to avoid getting caught again, moved away towards the opposite side of the ring. Frenkel, however, immediately caught up with him and landed a powerful right hand, which made a loud noise in the arena and causing the German crowd to shout with approval.

Swartz, 31, retreated to the ropes – a bad tactical move - allowing Frenkel to catch up with him and land right hand, left hook combination that caught Swartz on his chin and sending him crashing to the canvas. As he fell, the back of his head caught a plastic sign - positioned badly on the side of the ring – and it made a loud crunching sound of bone on plastic as Swartz’s head fell against it. As he lay there, Swartz’s eyes were closed and blood streamed from his mouth and nose. Frenkel, himself looking concerned, came over to take a look at Swartz to see if he was alright. A minute later, Swartz came to and was able to sit up with help from the ringside doctor.

Article posted on 19.08.2007

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