It was an enchanting evening at the Holiday World Resort in Benalmadena, which was abuzz with adrenaline and anticipation ahead of the event.
The setting was picturesque – the boxing ring nestled amidst the exotic palms, serenaded by the soothing sounds of the nearby Alboran Sea on the sun-kissed Costa del Sol.
Despite this being his first fight away from the familiar confines of his hometown, 'The Hurricane' emanated an aura of unflinching confidence, betraying no signs of nervousness.
🥊 Round One
With nimble agility and a significant edge in reach, Aleksejevs chose a calculated tactic during the first round, effectively employing his left jab and targeting Trenel's body when the opportunity arose. His relaxed, effortless, and innate boxing technique starkly differed from Trenel's aggressive, bent-forward, and highly focused style, allowing him to handle Trenel's wild and sweeping – but no less dangerous – power punches effortlessly.
🥊 Round Two
He upped the intensity and reaped the rewards. With 43 seconds left in the second round, 'The Hurricane' landed a lethal combination of a right uppercut and a left hook – a mix he employed to decisive effect throughout the match. It resulted in the first of three total knockdowns, and although Trenel managed to recover, it felt like a peek of the storm that was about to follow.
🥊 Round Three
'The Hurricane' escalated the intensity once again, closing in on Trenel. With 74 seconds remaining, another powerful right uppercut and a trembling left hook forced a bloodied Trenel to his right knee, marking the first knockdown of the round and the second of the match.
The Frenchman mustered his courage and shook it off, but there was no time for respite.
Aleksejevs started to lower his guard, selecting his strikes with confidence. With 56 seconds to spare in the third round, another combination of a right uppercut and a left hook (the latter a brutal body blow) concluded the match. Trenel conceded the referee's decision to call off the contest.
Indeed, the French competitor seemed relieved as the match concluded, appearing to accept Aleksejevs as the superior fighter of the day. He graciously raised Aleksejevs' hand to the appreciative audience. Meanwhile, 'The Hurricane' acknowledged the crowd with his trademark four succinct and precise bows. Aleksejevs' performance had a certain inevitability, which is remarkable considering his last professional bout took place in 2021. Any cobwebs were well and truly blown away by 'The Hurricane'...