Hernandez (27-1, 13 knockouts) is in pursuit of his 14th straight victory during a run that has included five stoppage wins heading into the bout with Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs), who is 5-0-1, with three knockouts since being stopped in the third round by Denis Lebedev in 2010.
Leapai has scored four straight knockout victories since being stopped in the ninth round by Kevin Johnson last year.
LUIS ORTIZ-ALEX GONZALEZ ADDED TO NOV. 26 GOLDEN BOY LIVE CARD
Cuban heavyweight star Luis Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) will face 1992 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex Gonzalez (20-8, 10 KOs) on the Nov. 26 edition of Golden Boy Live! on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., Golden Boy announced on Friday.
In the main event, former light heavyweight titleholder Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since June of 2012 when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid drostanolone following a draw-turned-no-contest with Lateef Kayode.
Tarver will face West Virginia heavyweight Mike Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs).
A match between Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (20-1, 13 KOs) and Kevin Johnson has been removed from the event.
OSCAR DE LA HOY FOUNDATION, BERNARD HOPKINS, DANNY GARCIA HOST TURKEY GIVEAWAYS
The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation will play host to a turkey giveaway on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT at The Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in Los Angeles, Golden Boy announced on Friday.
Among those present for the event will be WBC junior featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz, former titleholders Daniel Ponce de Leon and Israel Vazquez, welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass and unbeaten 122-pounder Jo Jo Diaz.
Created in 1995, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation is in place to bring a better quality of life to the people of East Los Angeles.
On Monday and Tuesday of next week, RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and IBF light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins will play host to consecutive turkey giveaways in their native Philadelphia.
Monday’s is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Red Cross House, and Tuesday’s at 10 a.m. at Spring Garden Wash & Lube.
DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON RETURNS FOR EIGHTH FIGHT OF 2013 VERSUS MARLON LEWIS
Washington, D.C.-based welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (18-0, 10 KOs), who turned 19 in May, will fight for the eighth time this year and the second time this month when he faces Marlon Lewis (6-2-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday at Dover Downs in Dover, Del.
The popular Hernandez-Harrison is 7-0, with three knockouts in 2013, having last been in the ring on Nov. 2 for a unanimous decision over New Mexico’s Jose Torres to win the WBC’s Youth title in The Theatre at New York’s Madison Square Garden on the undercard of an eighth-round stoppage victory by WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin over Curtis Stevens.
Lewis is 3-0-1, with two knockouts in his past four fights and is coming off a four-round draw with David Green in April.
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