How Far Can Jevgenijs Aleksejevs Go In His Career?
Latvia is a hotbed of boxing talent for a country with just under 3 million population. The most notable recent name, of course, Maris Briedis, is a world-level contender and ex-world-champion and has stood toe to toe with some of the very best cruiserweights on the planet, such as Jai Opetaia and Oleksandr Usyk. Now that Maris is heading toward the end of his phenomenal career, Latvia is looking toward the horizon for a new boxing superstar.
Although Jevgenijs Aleksejevs is in the learning stages of his career, he has put together a solid record of 14 wins and 0 losses, with eight coming inside the distance. Like any novice professional, “The Hurricane” still finds his feet and has good rounds against solid, experienced journeymen. Novice professionals need to gain this experience as they slowly move up the caliber of opposition, and this is a common route to ensure they achieve the necessary knowledge before jumping up in class.
Big Win In Spain
A comprehensive third-round stoppage victory against Dimitri Trenel was The Hurricane’s first outing outside his native homeland. Putting down Trenel three times in as many rounds showcased that Aleksejevs is continuing to improve. Not only was he able to showcase power in both hands, but he also showed the edge needed to finish your opponent inside the distance when they’re hurt. It might not be the only time The Hurricane emerges victorious in Spain, as he will have his sights set on more prominent, higher-quality European middleweights.
Back in 2019, Aleksejevs got some great experience when he battled to a tough split decision win against Siarhei Khamitski. However, since then, he has been putting the work in the gym, and by showcasing his ability on the international stage, there are good fights domestically and on the continent that could grab his appetite.
What’s Next For The Hurricane?
Jevgenijs may be looking toward the European scene for a big challenge. Historically, the middleweight division is one of the pillars of boxing, but the current scene isn’t as strong as other divisions, but there’s still some real quality. Some of the top names that The Hurricane will have his eye on over the next few years include
- Chris Eubank Jr
- Zhanibek Alimkhanuly
- Liam Smith
- Meiirim Nursultanov
- Carlos Adames
Following Chris Eubank’s decisive revenge win against Liam Smith in 2023, he will be looking for a big-money matchup. Although The Hurricane is still far from this world level, this will inevitably be the target, and with a number of these names reaching the latter stages of their career, The Hurricane might be eyeing up a changing of the guard moment in the not-too-distant future.
Sky Is The Limit?
While Jevgenijs has an impressive early record, we won’t know how he will be able to hang with the elite at the world level until he steps up in competition. His recent knockout victory in Benalmadena is the sort of performance you’d expect from somebody still in their first 15/20 fights.
It was comprehensive and displayed power, speed, ring IQ, and technique, and if Aleksejevs can take this up a gear when he inevitably steps up in competition, then we could see a fighter who will be poised to become the new face of Latvian boxing, taking the moniker from Breidis who has given some of the best fighters in the world their toughest test.
The Hurricane has proven that he can defeat skilled fighters who are not top-ranked. However, his real challenge will come when he faces more renowned opponents in the 160-pound division. In boxing, it is said that a fighter can only overcome the challenges they are presented with at any given time. The fact that The Hurricane is successfully doing so, even outside of Latvia, and achieving knockout wins, is a great starting point for his career.
However, until boxers make this step up, we don’t know what they truly have in the tank. With The Hurricane’s background in kickboxing and combat sports, we know he has the mental fortitude to compete at a solid professional standard.
It’s at the world level when boxers really find out their class, such as Maris Briedis broke Jai Opetaia’s jaw in their world title fight. Still, the Australian-Samoan fighter rallied and won the decision after 12 rounds despite having a severe fracture in two places. We’re not saying The Hurricane will have to withstand such brutality to become a champion. Still, the men at the middleweight division’s zenith are no joke.