Tony Bellew crows about win, wants Lebedev

bellew665By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) hit the jackpot tonight and it immediately went to his head from the looks of it. First off, Bellew beat an inexperienced Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout to claim the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in front of a bunch of Bellew’s fans at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England.

Immediately after the win, Bellew started running around the ring, crowing about his win over Makabu and saying ”I’m the best cruiserweight in the world now. Denis Lebedev, he can come and get it. I’m the best cruiserweight in the world!

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Lebedev defeats Ramirez in 2nd round TKO

lebedev666By Jim Dower: WBA World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-1, 22 KOs) proved to be too powerful for IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-3-1, 17 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round on Saturday night in their unification match at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.

Lebedev, 36, knocked Ramirez down with a flurry of head shots in the 2nd round. After Ramirez got back up, Lebedev unloaded on him with a blizzard of power shots that resulted in referee Steve Smoger stepping in to halt the fight at 1:57 of the round. It appeared that Ramirez had gone down a second time when he reached down with both gloves and touched the canvas to keep from falling. Smoger didn’t count it as a knockdown, but he did stop the fight moments later.

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Weights: Lebedev 198.7, Ramirez 198.6

lebedevBy Jim Dower: WBA World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs) weighed in at 198.7 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for his unification match against IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday night at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Ramirez, 32, weighed in at 198.6lbs. The winner of the Lebedev vs. Ramirez fight will need to face IBF mandatory challenger Murat Gassiev this year. The 22-year-old Gassiev won a lot of fans this week with his brutal 1st round knockout win over Jordan Shimmell.

The Lebedev-Ramirez unification fight was originally supposed to be the co-feature bout on the Deontay Wilder vs. Alexander Povetkin fight card. However, with Povetkin testing positive for a banned substance, the fight was postponed by the World Boxing Council.

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Lebedev stops Kayode in 8th round TKO

By Allan Fox: WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs) successfully defended his title in beating the previously unbeaten #3 WBA Lateef Kayode (21-1, 16 KOs) by an 8th round knockout on Wednesday evening at the Basket-Hall Arena, in Kazan, Russia.

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What if there were no more hungry former Soviet boxers?

wladimir4311By Gerardo Granados: Back in 1989 the Berlin wall fall and as a domino the Soviet Union came to an end, it also came to an end the politics that prevented many brave and skillful fighters to join the ranks of prize fighting, fortunately for us fight fans now a days we can see how many hungry lions have come out from the Iron Curtain to compete and to rule supreme as boxing champions.

It is no secret that you will find many fighters who have succeeded coming from very humble origins.

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Lebedev-Kolodziej & Wlodarczyk-Drozd this Saturday in Moscow, Russia

lebedev3423By Dan Ambrose:
WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) will be defending his WBA title this Saturday night against , #4 WBA, #13 WBO contender Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia.

Also on the card is WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) defending his title against #4 WBC Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs).

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A Look Back on This Weekend’s Boxing – 17 & 18th May, 2013

peterson454By Shane Newsome: Welcome readers to my weekly column which takes an informative, un-bias, retrospective look back on just what went on at the weekend, with reports on the biggest and best boxing action from across the globe.

This week we saw the good, bad and ugly sides of boxing. Including the rise of a new star in Lucas Matthysse, the re-emergence of some old ones in Shane Mosley and Guillermo Jones and perhaps the beginning of an end for some present ones in Lamont Peterson and Denis Lebedev.

So as usual we start our look back in the same place we begun our preview, on Friday at Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia and the WBA ‘Regular’ World heavyweight title defense for unbeaten Russian Alexander Povetkin (26-0) against challenger and previously unbeaten Pole Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-1).

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Jones stops Lebedev: Should the fight have been halted sooner?

lebedev3By Allan Fox: Last night, the 6’4” Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KO’s) stopped WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KO’s) in the 11th round at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. Jones knocked badly hurt Lebedev down in the 11th round, and Lebedev wisely chose not to get back up and was counted out.

Where the controversy arises from this fight is why it wasn’t stopped earlier in the fight when Lebedev’s right close closed up completely in the 6th round.

Fighting with only vision of his left eye, Lebedev took a ton of punishment for the next five rounds before he was knocked down and stopped in the 11th.

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Povetkin stops Wawrzyk; Guillermo Jones defeats Lebedev

Hasim Rahman vs Alexander Povetkin(Picture: Photo Wende) By Scott Gilfoid: In embarrassingly easy victory, WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) easily stopped previously unbeaten fringe contender Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-1, 13 KO’s) in the 3rd round of a three-knockdown performance on Friday night at the Crocus City Hall, in Moscow, Russia.

Povetkin dropped Wawrzyk once in the 2nd round from a hard right hand, and then twice in the 3rd round. After the second knockdown in the 3rd, referee Russell Mora halted the fight at 2:28 with Wawrzyk still down from a left hand to the head.

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