I also was wondering a bit where did Asikainen's EBU-challenger status in super middle come from? Well.. where did Wilczewski got his from? Who did he beat to earn that? But... these things happen. From where did they pull Attila Levin to take on Helenius for EU-belt? How did they even know Levin was still boxing?
What comes to Asikainen, I think the had a decent career. Between the title fights I think his list was a bit protected. Which imho partly could contribute to him not doing so well in those. His list could look worse if he took more fights on euro level, or it could look better too if he took bigger fights when he was at his best.
I think they still should do Asikainen vs. Sylvester III for old times sake
Asikainen's trainer said he believes in super middle weights Asikainen would beat Sylvester.