Denis Lebedev knocked out Roy Jones Jr. and confirmed championship ambitions
Sunday, 22 May 2011 08:40


On May 21, 2011 in Moscow (Russia) in the arena Dynamo Krylatskoe was a big professional boxing show "The battle of the two empires”, the highlight of which was the battle between the Russian Denis Lebedev (22-1-0, 17 KOs) and former world champion in four weight categories, Roy Jones Jr. (54-8-0, 40 KOs).

In addition to the main match boxing show "The Battle of Empires", in Krylatskoe were held five more fights. In particular, Russian Alexander Bakhtin and the Mexican Jose Angel Beransa discover strengths in the weight to 55.3 kg, and former world champion American Nate Campbell fought with Russian Sherzod Nazarov.

Lebedev said before the fight with Roy Jones, that he would try to rehabilitate himself in front of their fans for a decent quality box, but failed on the results of December's fight with WBO champion Marco Huck from Germany. Yesterday's victory Lebedev over Roy Jones again led to talk of Lebedev as a leading contender for the title-bout for up to ten rounds, finished ahead of schedule - the last seconds of the fight Lebedev was held a series of blows, sending Roy Jones Jr. into a heavy knockout.

It should be noted, that known in the past boxer Kostya Tszyu has been preparing Denis Lebedev to fight with Roy Jones Jnr. According to Kostya Tszyu, Lebedev's first "must see to it to act outside the box with respect to the Jones". Note, that Roy Jones in the last two fights by knockout suffered defeat, but in Moscow he was going to stop a series of failures in preparing for this match, he dropped 3,6 kg and was in a good degree of readiness. On the official pre-match weight of Roy Jones was at 720 grams lighter, then Lebedev, whose weight is 90.680 kg.

Roy Jones Jr. forever inscribed his name in history. By winning on points in a 12-round bout against John Ruiz, exceeds his weight by 15 pounds, Jones won the world title at heavyweight, WBA, and the world's first boxer, who has a collection of gold belt in the middle (72 , 6 lbs), super middleweight (76,2 kg), heavy (79.4 kg) and heavyweight scales. Perhaps such a sought only Soviet fighter Evgeny Ogurenkov (1913-1973), who has successfully performed consistently in six weight classes, but in the distant 1943, when middleweight, won the title of Absolute Champion of the USSR. Born in January 16, 1969, Jones was living in Pensacola, Fla., where he began training in boxing at the age of 10 years. Weighing in at 69 pounds, Jones won 14 year old boxers weighing 85 pounds. It was only the beginning. Jones predicted an excellent amateur career, when he won the Junior Olympics in 1984 in the U.S. "National Golden Gloves” in 1986 and weighs of 139 pounds, and, after switching to two weight classes up again," National Golden Gloves” in 1987 and weighs of 156 pounds.In 1992 Jones by knockout in 1-x rounds won a victory over former world champion George Vaca and former champion of the U.S. Boxing Association Artom Servan. Won by unanimous decision at George Castro and deal with the previously unbeaten Glen Thomas by TKO in the 8 th round. The first title to come to Jones in May 22, 1993 then Jones became a world champion in the Middleweight category, according to IBF. In 1995, Jones scored three victories over the three boxers, none of whom saw the beginning of the seventh round. In 1996, three more victims have met with Jones and another world title was successfully defended. In January, Jones figured out Merkui Sosoy TKO in round 2. And six months later he won the title in a third weight class Light Heavyweight after a difficult 12-round bout with the legendary Mike McCallum. 1998 brought Jones to the city of Biloxi, where he defeated former champion, WBA Virdzhilla Hill's 12-round fight, "without title", in New York, where he defended his WBC title and won a unanimous decision over WBA title in 12 round bout against current WBA champion Lou Del Valle, and in Connecticut where Roy won by technical knockout of former champion in the category of the WBO Middleweight Otis Grant. Roy Jones with explosive combination, blinding jab and fantastic footwork continues to amaze the audience, eliminating opponents. Currently, Jones himself is his manager and promoter, revealing new facets of his talent. But Jones' talent is not limited to the ropes of the ring. Jones spends most of free time talking to young Americans about the benefits of education and the dangers of drugs. Roy's close friends describe him as "ten thoUSAnd times more people, than a boxer."

Denis Lebedev was born in August 14, 1979 in stary Oskol, Russia. After school, he went into the army, where he was boxing at CSKA. After demobilization, Lebedev soon began his professional career. In 2001-2004 Lebedev scored 13 wins, and then retired from boxing. In 2008, he returned the next year began to fight. In July 2009 he won the title of Intercontinental Heavyweight WBO, won by TKO Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli. Having won eight consecutive fights by knockout, after his victory over compatriot Alexander Alekseev, Lebedev won the right to a title fight with the German Marco Huck for the championship in the world by WBO. In Berlin, in a battle with Hook, Lebedev acted first number, and with a slight advantage fought a battle, even though Huck spent more than a "clean" blows. U.S. judge set the assessment 116-112 in favor of Lebedev and the other two 115-113 in favor of the Germans. Huck defended his title, although many experts and the audience, including Germans, flatly disagreed with judges' decision.

Denis Lebedev confirmed their championship ambitions - the battle for up to ten rounds, ended prematurely. In the ninth round Lebedev missed a powerful blow to the head, but continue the fight, and in the last seconds of the fight, Lebedev struck a powerful blow to the head of Jones and was held another series of blows, sending Roy Jones Jr. into a heavy knockout.

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