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Q&A: Alexander Alekseev

Eroll Popova
Eroll Popova

Former world title challenger Alexander Alexseev (19-1, 17 KOs), continued his reign of terror in the cruiserweight division with a brutal second round knockout over Australian Daniel Ammann (18-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night in Schwerin, Germany. A former Olympian and amateur world champion, Alekseev is seeking the fastest possible route to another world title shot.

Mr. Alekseev, on Saturday you have won impressively by KO, in your first fight under new trainer Magomed Schaburow, who stepped in because Fritz Sdunek is cutting back his work schedule. How has the new arrangement worked out?

“I can’t say much yet. My fight didn’t last so long. But in any event it showed that the new collaboration works very well. I was in top condition in any case. Actually, I should have faced Grigory Drozd. We had both signed contracts for November 28th. Then that card fell through because of Luan Krasniqi’s injury. Then for last Saturday, Grigory didn’t want to sign the contract. His side said nothing at all. A shame!”

The KO against Daniel Ammann was your 17th in 19 wins up to now. Would you be happier going more rounds?

“I needed to go the full rounds once. I know that I’d get more experience by long fights, but I’m a boxer who, if I have the chance, will end the fight immediately, as happened Saturday in Schwerin.“

What are you doing now differently than before under Fritz Sdunek?

“Every trainer has his own style. Now we pay more attention to my footwork. And I try to attack the opponent more aggressively. I’d say I box more offensively.“

What are your plans now?

“I’ll continue to train hard. The next year will decide a lot. I’d like to fight for a world championship. I know that I can box well, and if I train hard and disciplined, I can do this. To me it makes no difference against who. I am ranked #4 in three world federations. Wherever the possibility exists, I want to use my opportunity. No matter whether it’s against Marco Huck or against someone else. We’ll see what the next year brings. I don’t want to look back, only forwards. Also Happy Christmas to the boxing fans and all the best for 2010. Keeps your fingers crossed for me.“

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