A few days ago Alexey Papin (11-1, 10 KOs) had to pass a difficult test in the face of Ilunga Makabu (26-2, 24 KOs). The previously unbeaten Russian had his moments in this battle, and he was able to show some of his toughness. The official verdict has not displayed the advantage of Makabu in the ring too accurately, but in the end the winner was named correctly.
Unbeaten Russian cruiserweight Alexei Papin arrived in the training camp of WBO champion Alexander Usyk, where he will act as a sparring partner of the Ukrainian in his preparation for the fight on January 27 in Riga, Latvia against WBC champion Mairis Briedis. This fight will be the semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series and will be a pass to the fight for the Muhammad Ali Cup against the winner of Murat Gassiev - Yunier Dorticos.
Russian cruiserweight Alexei Papin (9-0, 8 KOs) will come to Kiev on December 24 as a sparring partner of WBO cruiserweight champion Alexander Usyk.
Ukrainian cruiserweight Ismail Sillah (25-5, 19 KOs) after losing to Russian Alexei Papin (9-0, 8 KOs) by KO in the first round on November 27 in Moskow, admitted through his Instagram that his physical condition is no longer the best, and also hinted that he could finish his career.