Firat Arslan

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Firat Arslan
Statistics
Real name Firat Arslan
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 182 cm (5 ft 11.5 in)[1]
Reach 195 cm (77 in)
Nationality German
Born (1970-09-28) 28 September 1970 (age 46)
Friedberg, Bayern
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 38
Wins by KO 21
Losses 8
Draws 2

Firat Arslan (Turkish: Fırat Arslan; born on 28 September 1970 in Friedberg) is a German professional boxer of Turkish descent best known for winning the WBA title in cruiserweight division at the age of 37.

Professional career[edit]

Southpaw Arslan began his professional career in 1997 and won his first 13 fights with aggressive brawling before dropping back to back decisions to Collice Mutizwa and Rüdiger May. His biggest success in the early phase of his career was a draw against unbeaten Russian Vadim Tokarev in 2003 but he lost his next fight to Czech Lubos Suda. In 2005 he beat local hero Alexander Petkovic and his career picked up momentum. His big breakthrough was entirely unexpected,though, as he managed to not only dominate but also KO unbeaten Russian fringe contender Grigory Drozd. For that he got a title shot in July 2007 and captured the interim WBA cruiserweight title with a split decision win over yet another Russian in Valery Brudov. Later that year he bested 43-year-old Virgil Hill for the WBA title. He beat contender Darnell Wilson on 3 May 2008 in Germany by unanimous decision.

He lost his title against Panamanian Guillermo Jones in Hamburg, on 27 September 2008, one day before his birthday. After the loss to Jones, Arslan took an extended leave from boxing and returned almost two years later to face unheralded Steve Hérélius for the interim title. Arslan was in front but at the end of the 11th round he was unable to continue because of a syncope.

Arslan recently fought Yoan Pablo Hernandez for a chance to take Hernandez's cruiserweight belt, but lost in a tightly contested match[2] with scores of: 115–113, 116–113, and 113–115.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 fights, 26 wins (16 knockouts), 0 loss, 0 draw
No. Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
48 Win 38-8-2 Albania Nuri Seferi UD 12 17 Sep 2016 Germany Goeppingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany For WBO European Cruiserweight title.
47 Win 37-8-2 Brazil Claudio Morroni Porto KO 1 (8), 2:35 04 Jun 2016 Germany Autohaus Duerkop, Kassel, Hessen, Germany
46 Win 36-8-2 Georgia (country) Paata Aduashvili KO 2 (12), 2:33 07 Nov 2015 Germany MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany Won vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Cruiserweight title.
45 Win 35-8-2 Hungary Gyula Bozai UD 8 2 May 2015 Germany ASV Halle, Dachau, Bayern, Germany
44 Loss 34-8-2 Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernandez SD 12 16 Aug 2014 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany For IBF World Cruiserweight title.
43 Win 34-7-2 Hungary Tamas Bajzath UD 8 07 Jun 2014 Germany Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Germany
42 Loss 33-7-2 Germany Marco Huck TKO 6 (12), 1:56 25 Jan 2014 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany For WBO World Cruiserweight title.
41 Win 33-6-2 Germany Varol Vekiloglu UD 10 27 Apr 2013 Germany Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany
40 Loss 32-6-2 Germany Marco Huck UD 12 03 Nov 2012 Germany Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Germany For WBO World Cruiserweight title.
39 Draw 32-5-2 Russia Aleksandr Alekseyev MD 12 11 May 2012 Germany EWS Arena, Baden-Württemberg, Germany For EBU & vacant WBO Inter-Conti. Cruiserweight title.
38 Win 32-5-1 Argentina Orlando Antonio Farias TKO 2 (10), 2:18 28 Jan 2012 Germany Grand Elysée, Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany
37 Win 31-5-1 Czech Republic Lubos Suda TKO 5 (12), 2:41 15 Jul 2011 Germany EWS Arena, Baden-Württemberg, Germany For vacant PABA & IBF International Cruiserweight title.
36 Win 30-5-1 Czech Republic Michal Bilak TKO 3 (8), 2:39 01 Apr 2011 Germany Digibet Pferdesportpark, Berlin, Germany
35 Loss 29-5-1 France Steve Herelius RTD 11 (12), 3:00 03 Jul 2010 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany For interim WBA World Cruiserweight title.
34 Loss 29-4-1 Panama Guillermo Jones RTD 10 (12), 2:33 27 Sep 2008 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Lost WBA World Cruiserweight title.

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Preceded by
Valery Brudov
WBA Cruiserweight Interim Champion
16 June 2007 – 24 November 2007
Unified
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Hérélius
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
24 November 2007 – 27 September 2008
Regular title until 12 May 2008
Succeeded by
Guillermo Jones