Firat Arslan, 51: Next fight against Juan Rodolfo Juarez on July 15

By Leroy Cleveland - July 11, 2022

Former cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (51-9-3, 36 KO), who will turn 52 in September, returns to the ring to face Juan Rodolfo Juarez (20-6) at Historische Stadthalle, Wuppertal in Germany.

Arslan vs Juarez will take place at cruiserweight.

Like the Energizer Bunny, Firat keeps going and going. What’s truly remarkable about Arslan is not only is he still fighting at a high level, but he’s also fighting consistently.

Firat Arslan – Fights since 2017

2022 – 2 up to Jul 15 (including Friday’s fight)
2021 – 3
2020 – 1
2019 – 3
2018 – 4
2017 – 3

Sans 2020, a year boxing was restricted by COVID, the cruiserweight southpaw is averaging 3 fights per year since turning 46. And check out his opponents’ records during those years; he’s defeated solid pros.

A German of Turkish descent, Firat held the WBA cruiserweight title from 2007 to 2008. He also challenged twice for the WBO cruiserweight title in 2012 and 2014 and once for the IBF cruiserweight title in 2014.

Over the years, he’s shared the ring with the likes of Vadim Tokarev, Alexander Petkovic, Grigory Drozd, Valery Brudov, Virgil Hill, Darnell Wilson, Guillermo Jones, Marco Huck, and Yoan Pablo Hernandez.

Arslan vs Juarez, 10 Rounds, Cruiserweights
July 15, 2022
Historische Stadthalle, Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
commission: Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer
promoter: Karim Akkar (Legacy Sports Management)
matchmaker: Flavio Oleaga Mirabal

Arslan, currently ranked BoxRec No. 42 cruiserweight among 1,141 active fighters in that division, is on a four-fight win streak and has been victorious in 7 of his last 8 bouts.

So, who is Juan Rodolfo Juarez?

The 33-year-old Argentinian turned pro in 2014 and was 16-0 by the start of January 2016. Moreover, he impressively won his first 12 fights via first-round stoppage. However, since stepping up in class, the Buenos Aires fighter is only 4-6 since February 2016.

Firat will be Juarez’s first “name” fighter and will represent yet another step up in class for the fighter dubbed Pronto.

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