European cruiserweight champion Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18KOs) of Germany says he is suffering from burn-out and will take a break until the year's end. The 26-year-old won the title in a seventh-round knockout win over Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli on September 18 in Birmingham, England, and had been due to mount a defense on October 22 in Ludwigsburg in southern Germany.
"We noticed even at training he wasn't really into it. Added to that, he suffered a hand injury," said Sauerland Event's General Manager Chris Meyer, confirming a report in the Bild daily that Frenkel was to take a break.
"Everyone deals with it (pressure) differently. Some drive fast cars, others go after beautiful women. Alexander is rather more the type to worry a lot about it."