Mikhail Alekseev Edges Malcolm Klassen in Tough Fight

By Alexey Sukachev

Russia - A year and four months ago, young gun Mikhail Alekseev faced fellow undefeated Filipino Romero Duno and gave him both a beating and boxing lesson, which resulted in a one-sided unanimous decision in favour of the Russian. The Filipino went his own way, which saw him ultimately scoring five consecutive stoppages, one of them versus unbeaten Christian Gonzalez. On September 23, Duno faces Juan Pablo Sanchez in the undercard of the HBO-televised showdown between Luke Campbell and Jorge Linares.

What about Alekseev? He fought just twice after that win and never got the exposure he felt he had earned. Tonight Alekseev, 22, made a very solid step up to his dream of fighting in front of a fully-crowded world-known arena by edging former two-time IBF super feetherweight champion Malcolm Klassen in a controversial but exciting fight.

Klassen upset Guyanese Gary St. Claire in November 2006, when Alekseev was 11-year old. He lost it in his first defense to Mzonke Fana but then re-captured the red belt two years later in a stoppage win over Cassius Baloyi (ironically, the very fighter Gary St. Claire had defeated to get his title). Klassen lost the title in his initial defense again - this time to Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero - in August 2009. Klassen is 9-1, 3 KOs, after that with the only loss, being a highly questionable (despite the scores) defeat to Will Tomlinson. His streak included wins over former champions Cassius Baloyi (again) and Paulus Moses.


Alekseev, 22, started frenetically as he often does. But the pattern was set not by his energy and zeal but by his inability to conclude his desire into the rules of boxing. Alekseev was hitting Klassen, 36, very low on several occasions and also punched after the break. Unfortunately, local referee Semen Stakheev was compliant, allowing the Russian to violate the rules of the game. He did warn the Russian once, then twice, then thrice, then... Alekseev was never deducted a point (and he should have been penalized for at least two) for his actions. Klassen wasn't your soul angel as well. He spit out his mouthguard several times, but the difference was it cost him a point, deducted in round nine.

The fight itself was energetic and fought in spurts. Klassen was regularly more active in the first halves of rounds, while Alekseev did better job during the second halves with the last thirty seconds being for grabs in majority of the rounds. The South African was successful in his tricky defense, using shoulder rolls and upper body movement but being a stationary target for Alekseev's body blows. Thanks to the latter those weren't abundant.

When Klassen fought back, he usually did it in combos. Those became specifically well-placed over the last three rounds. Klassen finally did work on Alekseev's left eye, which was firstly cut over and then started to swell. By the end of the fight, Alekseev couldn't see out of his eye as it was swollen shut. Both boxers gave their all in the tenth round.

Finally, two judges awarded it to Alekseev with identical scores: 95-94, while the third had it 96-93 - for the Russian, who improved his record to 11-0, 4 KOs. Klassen drops down to 33-7-2, 17 KOs. BoxingScene had it 95-94 - also for Alekseev but it could have easily been a draw or 94-93 - for the South African, had the referee done a better job.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Frank Warren: Joshua Made Massive Mistake in Snubbing Wilder Canelo-Jacobs: NSAC To Review Venue Request at 1/29 Hearing Eubank Jr. Very Pleased With Camp Ahead of Degale Clash Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168, They've Got To Come See Me Hearn: Wilder, His Handlers Don't Have Decency To Answer Back Chris Algieri Confident He Can Raise His Level Against Hooker Kovalev Asks Fans 'Not To Make Hasty Conclusions On Situation' Cano in Line For a Big Fight, Linares Heading Back To 135 Curtis Stevens Heading To 154: Eyes Hurd, Lara, Harrison, Munguia Pulev vs. Helenius Clash Still Be Worked Out For Crawford-Khan Broner: I'll Be Back; All You Motherf***ers Will Still Tune In! Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner: CompuBox By The Numbers Gvozdyk To Take Voluntary Before Mandatory Versus Browne Pacquiao To Have Scratched Cornea Re-Examined Monday In L.A. Andrade: I Want Golovkin Next, To Prove I'm #1 at Middleweight Hearn: Don't Be Surprised if Joshua is on DAZN in the US in June Broner: Ain’t Got Mark On Me; They Thought They’d F*** Me Up Pacquiao: I Was Surprised Broner Didn't Throw Lot Of Punches Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner: Afterthoughts Broner Falls Very Short on Promised 'New Beginning' For Career Luis Coria Win Big in First Garcia Brothers Promoted Card Badou Jack Gets Stitched Up, Has No Excuses Over Loss Manny Pacquiao Says Injury To His Left Eye is Not Serious Manny Pacquiao Dishes Out Adrien Broner's Comeuppance Pacquiao's LA Home is Burglarized a Day After Broner Win Claressa Shields: Anybody Who Thinks Broner Won is Crazy! Video: Shawn Porter Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Buboy Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Adrien Broner Video: Mayweather Sr. Throws Shade at Adrien Broner For Loss Pacquiao: We Can't Blame Broner For Thinking He Won Fight Former Champ Gamache Assaulted on Street By Mystery Man Video: Roy Jones Jr. Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Devin Haney Reacts To Pacquiao Defeating Broner Video: Daniel Jacobs Discusses Canelo Alvarez Fight WBO To Review Saunders Suspension, Could Be in Line For Andrade Video: Adrien Broner Explains Why He Beat Manny Pacquiao Video: Mikey Garcia Reacts To Pacquio's Win Over Broner Video: Pacquiao Reacts To Win Over Broner, Wanting Mayweather Gervonta Davis Embraces Challenge of Fight in Mares' Backyard Ellerbe: Mayweather’s Retired; 'No Interest' In Pacquiao Rematch

Latest Active Forum Threads