Alexander Alekseev was too physically strong and had too much power this evening for Enad Licina, winning the vacant European cruiserweight title by wide unanimous decision scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 118-112. Bad Left Hook scored the fight 118-110 for Alekseev.
Alekseev (23-2, 20 KO) scored the best win of his career in large part because Licina (21-4, 11 KO) just couldn't deter him. The left uppercut was the money punch in the fight for Alekseev, but he had success with a straight left hand and a consistent jab, as well.
Licina gave a fair accounting of himself, and tried like hell to win the fight in the final two rounds, giving everything he had left. But he was mentally breaking down by the 10th round or so, too, and he and his team both knew that at that point, only a miracle was going to win the fight for him.
It's the first major title for the 30-year-old Alekseev, who has held regional sanctioning body trinkets in the past.
Earlier on the card, Yoan Pablo Hernandez became the new Ring Magazine cruiserweight champion with a tight decision win over Steve Cunningham in a very good fight, and Eduard Gutknecht retained his European light heavyweight belt, beating Vyacheslav Uzelkov by clear decision in a solid bout.