Lebedev defeats Kalenga; Chakhkiev, Kudryashov, Troyanovsky Undercard Knockout Festival In Russia!
By Jim Dower: In an exciting fight, WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) got up off the deck to go on and defeat WBA interim cruiserweight champ Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) by a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia.< The final judges’ scores were 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111. Kalenga, 27, knocked the 35-year-old Lebedev down with a left to the head in the 4th round. Three rounds later, Lebedev returned the favor in dropping Kalenga with a left to the head late in the round. Lebedev had an opportunity to finish the badly hurt Kalenga off in that round, but he failed to go after him to try and stop him. Kalenga was staggering after he got back to his feet and looked unsteady on his feet each time Lebedev hit him in the remaining seconds of the round.
In the last four rounds, Kalenga frequently missed with his big shots. He was clearly tiring in the last two rounds, and that made it easy for Lebedev to avoid his big shots.
Undefeated #5 WBC, #6 WBA, #12 IBF cruiserweight contender Dmitry Kudryashov (17-0, 17 KOs) made easy work of WBC #13 Francisco Palacios (23-3, 14 KOs) in stopping him in the 1st round. The hard hitting Kudryashov dropped Palacio with a left to the head that knocked him clean out. The fight was then halted at 0:52 of the round. This was supposed to have been a competitive fight, but Kudryashov’s power was just too much for Palacio.
Former world title challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev (22-1, 17 KOs) won his sixth straight victory in stopping 38-year-old former WBA interim cruiserweight champion Valery Brudov (42-6, 28 KOs) by a 4th round knockout. Chakhkiev, ranked #1 WBC, blasted Brudov out with a left to the head in the 4th.
Brudov was badly hurt and not able to get up. Referee Alexander Kalinkin then halted the bout with Brudov on his back. Chakhkiev also dropped Brudov in the 3rd round and cut him in the 4th.
In a surprise defeat, #9 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (27-3, 16 KOs) was defeated by France’s Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) by a 10 round majority decision. The final judges’ scores were 98-93, 98-93 and 95-95.
The 6’5” Duhaupas was able to use his size and reach advantage to control the fight against the slower Charr. It looked like a clear win for Duhaupas. The referee that scored the fight a draw appeared to be watching another fight because Duhaupas dominated almost every round.
Charr plodded after Duhaupas in every round, but was rarely able to do much when he would corner him. It was the taller Duhaupas who frequently got the better of Charr when the two of them would exchange.
This was a big blow for Charr because had he won the fight he would have kept himself in position for a world title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Undefeated super lightweight Eduard Troyanovsky (21-0, 18 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an 8th round knockout win over Aik Shakhnazaryan (15-2, 6 KOs). In winning the fight, Troyanovsky captured the vacant IBO title.