Next fight of Aleksei Papin is not determined yet.
On September 3, in Kinshasa, Congo, the WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 KOs) will give rematch to Alexei Papin (13-1, 12 KOs). The date of purse bids was set for May 11, but it seems that the parties have come to an agreement on this fight.
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.