Lebedev (left) and Maccarinelli
|Real name||Denis Lebedev|
|Nickname(s)||The White Swan|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
August 14, 1979 |
Stary Oskol, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||20|
Lebedev turned pro in 2001. In 2009 he beat Cuban Eliseo Castillo who holds a win over Michael Moorer but was not highly regarded. Lebedev then managed to KO former WBO titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli. In 2010 he also KOd 2005 amateur world champion Alexander Alexeev by one-punch knockout KO2. This guaranteed him a shot at Marco Huck's WBO title.
Lebedev vs. Huck
Lebedev lost to Huck on the 18th of December 2010 in Berlin by a very controversial split decision, when both the Dutch and Spanish judges had Huck with 115-113 in front, while the US judge scored it 116-112 for Lebedev. Many experts at ringside thought Lebedev had deserved the decision.  After the fight, Marco Huck claimed that he was boxing with a broken rib from the 4th round on.
Lebedev vs. Jones Jr.
In May 2011, Denis knocked out Roy Jones, Jr. with 2 seconds left in their 10 round bout. The controversy arose when Lebedev punched Jones, when it was, to some, clear that Jones was not responsive and was out on his feet. The final punch put Jones out cold on the canvas and he did not regain his senses for more than 5 minutes amid active medical help. After the bout, Lebedev said that he had nothing to be sorry about. The referee was also accused of incompetence because he did not stop the fight even though Jones could no longer defend himself which lead to Jones taking unnecessary damage. Roy Jones when asked about his feelings on the punch responded "I forgive him".
Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones
Denis Lebedev was left with a shocking eye injury after losing his WBA world cruiserweight title to Guillermo Jones. By the end of the bout, he could not see out of the injured eye but two judges had him winning 96-94 while the third had scored the bout 97-93 before he was knocked out in the eleventh round. According to most experts, Jones should have been winning clearly, and the suspicion is that the Russian Federation had fixed the bout. This would also explain the fact that the bout was not stopped, even after Lebedev's eye was grotesquely disfigured. However, Jones was stripped of his title later in the year for failing a drug test for this fight, resulting in Lebedev being reinstated as Champion by the WBA despite the result not being overturned to a no contest. This is also considered highly suspect. 
Professional boxing record
|27 Wins (20 knockouts), 2 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||27–2||Youri Kayembre Kalenga||UD||12||2015-04-10||Luzhniki, Moscow||Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||26–2||Pawel Kolodziej||TKO||2 (12), 2:08||2014-09-27||Krylatskoe Sport Palace, Moscow||Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||25–2||Guillermo Jones||KO||11 (12), 1:57||2013-05-17||Crocus City Hall, Moscow||Lost WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||25–1||Santander Silgado||KO||4 (12), 2:16||2012-12-17||Crocus City Hall, Moscow||Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||24–1||Shawn Terry Cox||KO||2 (12), 2:40||2012-04-04||Crocus City Hall, Moscow||Retained Interim WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||23–1||James Toney||UD||12||2011-11-04||Megasport Arena, Moscow||Won Interim WBA Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||22–1||Roy Jones, Jr.||KO||10 (10), 2:58||2011-05-21||Sport Complex Krylatskoe, Moscow|
|Loss||21–1||Marco Huck||SD||12||2010-12-18||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin||For WBO Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Alexander Alexeev||KO||2 (12), 2:43||2010-07-17||Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||WBO Cruiserweight title eliminator.|
|Win||20–0||Ignacio Esparza||KO||4 (12), 2:59||2010-02-22||Udmurtia Circus, Izhevsk||Retained WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Ali Ismailov||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||2009-12-17||Gladiator Fight Club, Saint Petersburg||Retained WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Enzo Maccarinelli||TKO||3 (12), 2:20||2009-07-18||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester||Won vacant WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Eliseo Castillo||TKO||5 (8), 2:50||2009-03-22||Mashinostroitel, Balashikha|
|Win||16–0||Dzmitri Adamovich||TKO||4 (10), 2:19||2008-12-17||KRC Arbat, Moscow|
|Win||15–0||Nick Okoth||TKO||2 (8), 2:47||2008-09-06||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester|
|Win||14–0||Archil Mezvrishvili||KO||1 (8), 1:35||2008-07-19||Olimpiyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov|
|Win||13–0||Artem Vychkin||UD||10||2004-09-24||Ice Palace, Novosibirsk||Won vacant Russian Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||12–0||Bagrat Makhkamov||TKO||2 (8)||2004-07-06||Krylia Sovetov, Moscow|
|Win||11–0||Yevhen Bubylych||UD||8||2003-06-26||Krylia Sovetov, Moscow|
|Win||10–0||Siarhei Karanevich||UD||6||2003-05-29||Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow|
|Win||9–0||Berry Butler||KO||4 (8), 2:48||2003-03-15||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin|
|Win||8–0||Dzmitri Yavmenenka||TKO||2 (4)||2003-03-15||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg|
|Win||7–0||Roman Babaev||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||2002-09-10||Krylia Sovetov, Moscow|
|Win||6–0||Dzmitri Adamovich||KO||5 (8)||2002-04-23||Krylia Sovetov, Moscow|
|Win||5–0||Rihsiboy Shamirzaev||TKO||9 (12)||2001-12-26||KRC Arbat, Moscow||Retained Russia Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||4–0||Mirzohid Jianbaev||TKO||4 (6)||2001-11-07||KRC Arbat, Moscow|
|Win||3–0||Nourdine Melikh||TKO||3 (12), 1:50||2001-06-09||Sportpalace Druzhba, Moscow||Won vacant Russia Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||2–0||Denis Deryabkin||UD||6||2001-03-06||CSKA, Moscow|
|Win||1–0||Teymuraz Kekelidze||UD||6||2001-02-27||Moscow||Professional debut.|
- Huck defeats Lebedev by controversial decision
- "Roy Jones Jr Gets Brutally Knocked Out By Denis Lebedev In Russia". ThisIs50.com. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- "Спорт: Тренировочный день". Lenta.ru. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- "Спорт: Рефери рассказал о нокауте Роя Джонса". Lenta.ru. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- "Спорт: Рой Джонс простил Лебедеву последний удар". Lenta.ru. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- "Boxing News | WBA strips Jones, Lebedev again cruiser champ". Fightnews.com. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- Denis Lebedev's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRrec.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-19.
|Awards and achievements|
Title last held byYoan Pablo Hernández
|WBA Cruiserweight Interim Champion
November 4, 2011 – October 30, 2012
Title next held byYouri Kayembre Kalenga
|WBA Cruiserweight Champion
October 30, 2012 – May 17, 2013
|WBA Cruiserweight Champion
October 18, 2013 – present