Alekseev struggles to a draw with Arslan

Alexander AlekseevBy Rob Smith: European Boxing Union (EBU) cruiserweight champion Alexander Alekseev (23-2-1, 20 KO's) retained his title on Friday night with a very lucky 12 round draw with 41-year-old Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KO's) at the EWS Arena in Goeppingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Alekseev fought well enough to deserve to lose by at least four to six rounds. He fought really poorly throughout the fight, and was basically dominated in a strange inside fight.

For some reason Alekseev decided to fight on the inside against Arslan until late in the fight when it finally seemed to dawn on Alekseev that he needed to try and fight Arslan from the outside rather than fighting his fight in close. Alekseev fought well in the 11th and 12th rounds after he switched his fight plan up, and Arlan wasn't able to do much with him at that point.

However, Alekseev fought on the inside from rounds one through ten, and I could only give him three rounds at the most because he was just getting nailed repeatedly by Arslan and not pulling the trigger nearly enough to win rounds. The judges scored the fight 114-114, 114-114 and 116-113 for Alekseev.

Surprisingly, Alekseev didn't run out of gas or get hurt for a change, and that was at least one positive from the fight. However, if your the trainer or promoter for Alekseev then you really have to worry about his future because he should have been able to easily beat Arslan if he was the real deal. Arslan deserves a rematch, but I doubt he'll get one.

Article posted on 13.05.2012

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