What the hell happened there?
He capped off a very nice two-year run in 2009 & 2010 by scoring a savage Knockout Of The Year candidate against Enzo Maccarinelli...
FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS, IN HIS PRIME!!
The only semblance of explanation is from this Scene article in October 2011...thirteen months
after the Maccarinelli KO.
European cruiserweight champion Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18KOs) of Germany says he is suffering from burn-out and will take a break until the year's end. The 26-year-old ... had been due to mount a defense on October 22 in Ludwigsburg in southern Germany.
"We noticed even at training he wasn't really into it. Added to that, he suffered a hand injury," said Sauerland Event's Chris Meyer, confirming a report ... that Frenkel was to take a break.
"Everyone deals with it (pressure) differently. Some drive fast cars, others go after beautiful women. Alexander is rather more the type to worry a lot about it."
So, that's it? Top rated young powerful cruiserweight, gets ants in his pants and throws it all away?
By now he should be poised for a Euro showdown with some other hot up-and-comer like Chakhkiev, Masternak or Kiladze...or even challenging Diablo, since he was for a long time prior to his disappearance the WBC #2 contender.
What is with chronic anxiety ruining talented young athlete's careers? (Frenkel, Royce White in the NBA). It seems a new phenomenon.
He is still only 27, so it isn't out of the question he can course-correct if he pulls his head out of his ass. Especially where cruisers and heavies age on a different scale from lighter boxers. Still...