By Alexey Potapov
Cruiserweight Alexander Alexeev (16-1, 15 KOs) lost a challenge for the WBO interim cruiserweight title and his unbeaten record via TKO to Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) last Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Alekseev tells us what happened.
Alexander, what was the reason for your defeat?
It’s a lot of reasons. I was not in the best physical form. I had good tactics in the fight, I was winning on points, I was in command. I don’t know what happened to me in the ring.
What you can tell us about Ramirez?
Nothing special. Before the fight we had studied him very well. He’s a very strong-willed boxer. That’s what rescued him.
None of your previous fights had lasted more than six rounds. Did that affect you?
When I leave the ring, I want to win by knockout. But in the fight against Ramirez, I wasn’t adjusted from the very beginning. I had good tactics and can’t say that I was physically tired, simply in the final rounds I couldn’t do what I wanted.
Who made decision not to come out for the tenth round?
It wasn’t me. I was able fight on further, but my trainer told me that it is better not to risk it and I obeyed.
After the fight, Ramirez said he’s ready to give to you rematch in Argentina. You agree?
Yes, I’d be fine that the fight take place in Argentina. He came to Germany to fight in my territory, now I’m ready to fight in his territory. It’s only fair.
You think this rematch will take place in the near future?
Not right away. It’s necessary to wait for his fight against Enzo Maccarinelli, then it will be possible to speak about rematch
Will you continue to work with trainer Fritz Zdunek?
Yes, he wants to, and I do too.
When are you coming back to Russia?
In a week. First it’s necessary to resolve my affairs in Germany.