Denis Lebedev

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Denis Lebedev
Denis Lebedev v Enzo Maccarinelli.jpg
Lebedev (left) and Maccarinelli
Real name Denis Lebedev
Nickname(s) The White Swan
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Nationality Russian
Born (1979-08-14) August 14, 1979 (age 35)
Stary Oskol, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 27
Wins by KO 20
Losses 2

Denis Lebedev (born August 14, 1979), is a Russian professional boxer from Stary Oskol. He is the current WBA Cruiserweight Champion.

Professional career[edit]

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[edit]

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. [1] After the fight, Marco Huck claimed that he was boxing with a broken rib from the 4th round on.

Lebedev vs. Jones Jr.[edit]

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.[2] After the bout, Lebedev said that he had nothing to be sorry about.[3] 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.[4] Roy Jones when asked about his feelings on the punch responded "I forgive him".[5]

Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones[edit]

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. [6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (20 knockouts), 2 Losses, 0 Draws[7]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 27–2 France Youri Kayembre Kalenga UD 12 2015-04-10 Russia Luzhniki, Moscow Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 26–2 Poland Pawel Kolodziej TKO 2 (12), 2:08 2014-09-27 Russia Krylatskoe Sport Palace, Moscow Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.
Loss 25–2 Panama Guillermo Jones KO 11 (12), 1:57 2013-05-17 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow Lost WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 25–1 Colombia Santander Silgado KO 4 (12), 2:16 2012-12-17 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 24–1 Barbados Shawn Terry Cox KO 2 (12), 2:40 2012-04-04 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow Retained Interim WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 23–1 United States James Toney UD 12 2011-11-04 Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow Won Interim WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 22–1 United States Roy Jones, Jr. KO 10 (10), 2:58 2011-05-21 Russia Sport Complex Krylatskoe, Moscow
Loss 21–1 Germany Marco Huck SD 12 2010-12-18 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin For WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win 21–0 Russia Alexander Alexeev KO 2 (12), 2:43 2010-07-17 Germany Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern WBO Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Win 20–0 Mexico Ignacio Esparza KO 4 (12), 2:59 2010-02-22 Russia Udmurtia Circus, Izhevsk Retained WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.
Win 19–0 Azerbaijan Ali Ismailov RTD 6 (12), 3:00 2009-12-17 Russia Gladiator Fight Club, Saint Petersburg Retained WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.
Win 18–0 United Kingdom Enzo Maccarinelli TKO 3 (12), 2:20 2009-07-18 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester Won vacant WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.
Win 17–0 Cuba Eliseo Castillo TKO 5 (8), 2:50 2009-03-22 Russia Mashinostroitel, Balashikha
Win 16–0 Belarus Dzmitri Adamovich TKO 4 (10), 2:19 2008-12-17 Russia KRC Arbat, Moscow
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Nick Okoth TKO 2 (8), 2:47 2008-09-06 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Win 14–0 Georgia (country) Archil Mezvrishvili KO 1 (8), 1:35 2008-07-19 Russia Olimpiyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov
Win 13–0 Russia Artem Vychkin UD 10 2004-09-24 Russia Ice Palace, Novosibirsk Won vacant Russian Light Heavyweight title.
Win 12–0 Uzbekistan Bagrat Makhkamov TKO 2 (8) 2004-07-06 Russia Krylia Sovetov, Moscow
Win 11–0 Ukraine Yevhen Bubylych UD 8 2003-06-26 Russia Krylia Sovetov, Moscow
Win 10–0 Belarus Siarhei Karanevich UD 6 2003-05-29 Russia Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow
Win 9–0 United States Berry Butler KO 4 (8), 2:48 2003-03-15 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Win 8–0 Belarus Dzmitri Yavmenenka TKO 2 (4) 2003-03-15 Russia Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg
Win 7–0 Azerbaijan Roman Babaev RTD 4 (6), 3:00 2002-09-10 Russia Krylia Sovetov, Moscow
Win 6–0 Belarus Dzmitri Adamovich KO 5 (8) 2002-04-23 Russia Krylia Sovetov, Moscow
Win 5–0 Uzbekistan Rihsiboy Shamirzaev TKO 9 (12) 2001-12-26 Russia KRC Arbat, Moscow Retained Russia Light Heavyweight title.
Win 4–0 Uzbekistan Mirzohid Jianbaev TKO 4 (6) 2001-11-07 Russia KRC Arbat, Moscow
Win 3–0 Algeria Nourdine Melikh TKO 3 (12), 1:50 2001-06-09 Russia Sportpalace Druzhba, Moscow Won vacant Russia Light Heavyweight title.
Win 2–0 Russia Denis Deryabkin UD 6 2001-03-06 Russia CSKA, Moscow
Win 1–0 Georgia (country) Teymuraz Kekelidze UD 6 2001-02-27 Russia Moscow Professional debut.


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Awards and achievements
Title last held by
Yoan Pablo Hernández
WBA Cruiserweight Interim Champion
November 4, 2011 – October 30, 2012
Title next held by
Youri Kayembre Kalenga
Preceded by
Guillermo Jones
Status Changed
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
October 30, 2012 – May 17, 2013
Succeeded by
Guillermo Jones
Preceded by
Guillermo Jones
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
October 18, 2013 – present