Firat Arslan reveals title shot / retirement plans ahead of Eubank v Yildirim co-feature bout

Matt Bozeat 04/10/2017

Forty-something fighting machine Firat Arslan has given himself 12 more months to make boxing history before he finally hangs up his gloves.

The bulldozing German southpaw had a spell as WBA cruiserweight champion in 2007-2008 and a decade on, he’s in contention again – at the ripe old age of 47.

He goes into his fight with Mauricio Barragan in Stuttgart on the Chris Eubank-Avni Yildirim undercard on Saturday night ranked No 3 by the WBO and No 15 by the WBA.

“My goal is to become the oldest world cruiserweight champion in history,” said Arslan.

“I should have the record already, but twice they robbed me, against Marco Huck and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. I will try one more time.

“At the end of next year I will have been boxing for 30 years. That is a long time and it will be time to say goodbye.”

The record books show Virgil Hill is currently the oldest boxer to win a version of the world cruiserweight championship.

He was 42 years, nine days old when he won the vacant WBA title with a points win over Valery Brudov in January, 2006.

Hill was subsequently outpointed by Arslan, who was dethroned by Panamanian southpaw Guillermo Jones.

Arslan is probably best remembered for his pair of fights with Huck. The crowd booed after Huck was awarded a points decision in their first fight – and Huck won the rematch in six rounds.

Arslan turned pro way back in 1997 – Lennox Lewis was among his Panix Promotions stable mates for a spell – and puts his longevity down to “training, training, training.”