Russian Alexander Alexeev on Friday in a 12-round decision win over American Garrett Wilson on points and won the title of the mandatory challenger for the world title by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in the weight category up to 90.72 lbs. All three judges gave the victory with a big advantage Alekseev — 117:111, 118:112, 116:112. The battle took place in the Romanian town of Galata.
For most of the fight Alekseev tried to keep the enemy at a distance and to take advantage of growth and the length of the arms. Most Russians worked the first number from a distance, and the American defended in the block, but often spent Wilson sharp explosive offensive attacks sweeping side impacts, trying to break through to the near distance. However, Alexeev or easily evaded these attacks, or put a block and got involved in a clinch. As a result, Americans often missed and was forced to return to the starting position.
In the 7th round Wilson was knocked down — after two hard blows, he dropped to one knee in the corner. But soon recovered and continued to box.
The next time Alekseev meet IBF cruiserweight champion Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez, according to ITAR-TASS
On account of the Russian boxer’s 24 victories and two defeats and one draw. It took 4 th place in the ranking list IBF. At Wilson this defeat was sixth with 13 wins (7 by KO), 1 draw.