Firat Arslan vs. Steve Herelius
2010-07-03 : Firat Arslan 199 lbs lost to Steve Herelius 196 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 11 of 12
- Location: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- Referee: Stanley Christodoulou
- Judge: Stefano Carozza
- Judge: Paul Thomas
- Judge: Philippe Verbeke
Steve Herelius of France won the interim WBA Cruiserweight title with an eleventh round TKO over former WBA Cruiserweight champion First Arslan of Germany, who was returning to the ring after a two year absence. Herelius appeared to win the first five rounds with his southpaw right jab at long range, while Arslan appeared to win rounds six through ten by applying pressure and scoring with his right jab as Herelius slowed down. Arslan staggered Herelius across the ring in the seventh, but failed to put him away. Herelius, bleeding from a cut over the right eye, was deducted a point by referee Stanley Christodoulu in round ten for an intentional head butt. An uppercut by Herelius had Arslan in serious trouble with a minute left in the eleventh. Arslan did not fight back from that point and had to be helped back to his corner by referee Christodoulou. Arslan was unable to continue for the final round, and was immediately taken to the hospital and treated for dehydration, where he spent the night. Herelius was the fourth consecutive southpaw fighter to win at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, a rarity in Germany, and in fact, anywhere. Southpaws Rakhim Chakhkiev, Matt Zegan, and Jeannie Garside all won in the same ring before Herelius did in the main event. The WBA regular cruiserweight title remained with Guillermo Jones, and was never stripped by the WBA despite Jones not defending the title since he won it from Arslan almost two years before this bout.