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Alekseev Squeaks Past Arslan To Retain With a Draw

By Alexey Sukachev

EWS Arena, Goeppingen, Germany - In a very important cruiserweight match-up, the younger and fresher Alexander Alekseev (23-2-1, 20 KOs) barely retained his European title with a majority draw against comebacking former world champion Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs) in a very grueling fight.

The start was all for Alekseev, whose power was well felt by the 41-year old Turkish pride of Germany. WBC #14 Arslan, who held the WBA title in 2007-2008, wilted under the power but later on, in the middle rounds, he established a proper range and started to connect to Alekseev with painful left hooks to the body and right uppercuts. WBO #3, WBC #5 and WBA/IBF #5 Russian struggled to score and was hit a lot. Only when the clock started ticking did he re-invent his sharp jab and showed superior power and activity in the closing rounds of an even fight.

Judges Manuel Javier Palomo and Arno Pokrandt both had it 114-114 - a draw, while Juergen Langos preferred Alekseev - 116-113. WBO I/C title thus remained vacant.

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Local hero Goekalp Oezekler (13-1, 6 KOs) got a contoversial hometown decision over tough and durable France-based Tunisian Moez Fhima (21-2-1, 8 KOs) to retain his WBC Mediterranean middleweight title. The fight was fought in spurts and mostly on the inside, where stronger Fhima looked to be considerably better. However, the judges didn't praise his efforts and awarded the split decision to the Turk. scores were: 115-114, 115-113 - for Oezekler, and 112-116 - for Fhima.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cloud on 05-12-2012

Great fight. I hope Arslan can make some more money following this performance. Alekseev should have kept the distance instead of literally going head to head with Arslan.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 05-11-2012

[QUOTE=injun;12115876]That's a shame. He's offensively talented, but apparently lacking in chin and perhaps mental toughness (judging by the Ramirez fight and the poor performances following that loss).[/QUOTE] Seemed to me as if he didn't have the moves to keep Arslan…

Comment by dirty fingers on 05-11-2012

That's a shame. He's offensively talented, but apparently lacking in chin and perhaps mental toughness (judging by the Ramirez fight and the poor performances following that loss).

Comment by BattlingNelson on 05-11-2012

[QUOTE=injun;12115801]How did Alekseev look? I remember having high hopes for him years ago. It sounds like he's still a disappointment. :sad:[/QUOTE] I saw the last half of the fight. From what I saw Arslan was surprisingly dominant. Alexeev looked like…

Comment by dirty fingers on 05-11-2012

How did Alekseev look? I remember having high hopes for him years ago. It sounds like he's still a disappointment. :sad:

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