Denis Lebedev

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Denis Lebedev
Денис Лебедев
Denis Lebedev 2015.png
Lebedev in 2015
Real name Denis Aleksandrovich Lebedev
Nickname(s) The White Swan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality Russian
Born (1979-08-14) 14 August 1979 (age 38)
Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 30
Wins by KO 22
Losses 2
No contests 1

Denis Aleksandrovich Lebedev (Russian: Денис Александрович Лебедев; born 14 August 1979) is a Russian professional boxer. He is a former unified cruiserweight world champion, having held the WBA title since 2012 (promoted to Super champion in 2016), and previously the IBF title in 2016. In August 2016, Lebedev was ranked as the world's best cruiserweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board; second best by The Ring magazine; and fourth by BoxRec.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lebedev turned pro in 2001. In 2004, Lebedev won the vacant Russian light heavyweight title in a shut out 10-round decision win against Artem Vychkin. Following this victory, Lebedev took four years out and returned in 2009 fighting at cruiserweight.

World title challenge[edit]

In 2009, having a record of 16 wins, 11 by knockout, Lebedev beat Cuban Eliseo Castillo who held a win over Michael Moorer, but was not highly regarded. Lebedev then managed to knockout former WBO titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli.[1][2] In 2010 he also stopped 2005 amateur world champion Aleksandr Alekseyev by one-punch knockout.[3] This guaranteed him a shot at Marco Huck's WBO title.

Lebedev vs. Huck[edit]

Lebedev challenged Marco Huck for the WBO World cruiserweight title on 18 December 2010 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. Lebedev lost 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.[4][5] After the fight, Marco Huck claimed that he was boxing with a broken rib from the 4th round on.

Comeback trail[edit]

Lebedev vs. Jones Jr.[edit]

In May 2011, Lebedev knocked out former multiple weight world champion Roy Jones Jr. with 2 seconds left in their 10-round bout. After round 9, the scorecards read (87–84, 85–86, 90–81). 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.[6] After the bout, Lebedev said that he had nothing to be sorry about.[7] The referee was also accused of incompetence because he did not stop the fight even though Jones could no longer defend himself which led to Jones taking unnecessary damage.[8] Roy Jones when asked about his feelings on the punch responded "I forgive him".[9]

WBA cruiserweight champion[edit]

Lebedev vs. Toney[edit]

Lebedev next fought one of Roy Jones' old foes, James Toney, in November 2011 in a scheduled 12-round fight for the interim WBA cruiserweight title. Lebedev was ranked by the WBA at number 3, while Toney entered as number 4, also being the first time he had fought at cruiserweight since 2003. Although Toney still possessed enough defensive skills, Lebedev dominated the fight from the start winning a lopsided decision with scores of 120–108, 120–108 and 120–108.[10]

Lebedev vs. Cox, Silgado[edit]

Lebedev made his first defence of the interim world title at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia, on 4 April 2012 against Shawn Cox. In round 2, Cox threw a straight right hand which missed, and walked into a Lebedev counter power left hook to the head, knocking him out. With this win, Lebedev qualified for a shot at the full WBA World Champion Guillermo Jones. Lebedev was then promoted to full champion following Jones being inactive for 12 months. Jones was stripped for backing out of his scheduled WBA title defense against challenger Andres Taylor and then refusing to fight Lebedev.

Lebedev returned to the City Hall in December to defend his WBA title against undefeated Colombian boxer Santander Silgado (23–0, 17 KOs). Silgado started off well but was knocked out for a full ten count in round 4.[11]

Lebedev vs. Jones[edit]

Lebedev was left with a shocking eye injury after losing his WBA world cruiserweight title to Guillermo Jones on 17 May 2013. 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. The fight was reversed to a no-contest after originally being ruled a TKO. A rematch was planned for 25 April 2014, in Moscow, Russia. After Jones was tested positive for the same substance he was tested for after the first fight, the planned rematch was cancelled.[12]

Lebedev vs. Kolodziej, Kalenga[edit]

16 months since the Jones fight, Lebedev defended his title against undefeated Polish boxer Paweł Kołodziej (33–0, 18 KOs) at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow. In round 2, Lebedev floored Kolodziej with a well timed power left hook to the face retaining his WBA cruiserweight title.[13]

In April 2015, Lebedev fought at Luzhniki in Moscow against interim WBA titleholder Youri Kayembre Kalenga, who only had one previous loss on his record. Both fighters were dropped once each in the fight that went the full 12 round distance. Lebedev claimed the unanimous decision with judges' scores of 116–111, 115–112 and 116–110.[14]

Lebedev vs. Kayode[edit]

On 18 August 2015, Ringtv announced that Lebedev would defend his WBA title against undefeated Nigerian boxer and friend Lateef Kayode at the Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Russia on 4 November.[15] Lebedev retained his world title after knocking Kayode down three times in the bout before the fight was eventually stopped by the referee. Kayode started off as the aggressor, however Lebedev was in control throughout the fight. At the time of stoppage, Lebedev was ahead on the scorecard with scores of 69–63, 69–63 and 70–63. After the fight, Lebedev spoke to the media and said, "I'm enjoying the win. Today we said to each other, November 4, we're not friends."[16]

Unified cruiserweight champion[edit]

Lebedev vs. Ramírez[edit]

It was announced that Lebedev would be involved in a cruiserweight unification fight against IBF world champion Victor Emilio Ramírez at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow on 21 May 2016. The fight was supposed to be a co-feature of WBC heavyweight title fight between Wilder and Povetkin, however that fight was cancelled. Ramírez was coming off a split decision draw which saw him retain his IBF title against Ovill McKenzie in 2015. Ramírez became the full IBF champion after Yoan Pablo Hernandez stripped due to inactivity.[17]

After a close, tactical first round, Ramírez started to fight on the front foot at the start of round 2, but saw himself hit the canvas. Ramírez got up and as the fight continued Lebedev began landing power shots with both hands. Ramírez stopped throwing back and turned his back. Lebedev waited for Ramírez to turn back around, then continued unloading until Ramírez dropped his hands. The power shots continued from Lebedev until referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight, although giving Ramírez every chance to get back into the bout. The official time of stoppage was 1:57 of round 2. With this win, Lebedev became the unified WBA Super and IBF world champion Speaking after the fight, Lebedev said, "It's excellent. I knew what he was capable of, and the tactics that my trainers had carefully worked out came good."[18] Ramírez announced on 27 December 2016 that he would be retiring from boxing, thus making this his last professional fight.[19]

Lebedev vs. Gassiev[edit]

It was announced in August 2016, that a fight between Lebedev and unbeaten IBF #1 challenger Murat Gassiev (23–0, 17 KOs) was in the works for November or December. Gassiev became the mandatory challenger by the IBF after knocking out American boxer Jordan Shimmell in a title eliminator bout in May. The fight was set for 3 December at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow.[20][21] At the official weigh in on 2 December, Lebedev weighed in at 199.7 lbs as Gassiev weighed 198.3 lbs. Lebedev successfully applied for only the IBF title to be at stake as a result, retaining his WBA (Super) title in the process.[22] Lebedev kept the attack up through the 12 rounds as he went on to lose a split decision, losing the IBF title in the process. Two judges scored it 116–112 and 116–111 for Gassiev as the third scored it 114–113 for Lebedev. Lebedev was knocked down in round 5, following a left shot to the body, but managed to beat the count. He immediately changed his style to avoid further punishment to the body. In the post fight interview, Lebedev thought he had done enough to win the fight or at least earn a draw and wanted a rematch.[23][24]

WBA (Super) cruiserweight champion[edit]

Lebedev vs. Flanagan[edit]

On 5 June 2017, it was announced that a deal had been finalized for Lebedev to defend his WBA 'Super' cruiserweight title against Australian boxer and WBA Oceania cruiserweight champion Mark Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs), who was ranked number 8 by WBA, in Ekaterinburg, Russia on 10 July. This would be the first time Flanagan would fight outside of Australia and Lebedev's seventh defence of the title.[25] Lebedev knocked Flanagan down in round 9 with a left hook to the body and went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision with the judges scoring the fight 119-108, 120-107 and 119-108 all in his favour. Lebedev used his jab to control the fight, following with his left hooks and was the clear aggressor, unfortunately for him, was unable to stop Flanagan. Although Flanagan showed heart in recovering well, had little chance overcoming the experienced champion, only winning a round on two judges scorecards.[26]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
33 fights 30 wins 2 losses
By knockout 22 0
By decision 8 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
33 Win 30–2 (1) Australia Mark Flanagan UD 12 10 Jul 2017 Russia DIVS, Yekaterinburg, Russia Retained WBA (Super) cruiserweight title
32 Loss 29–2 (1) Russia Murat Gassiev SD 12 3 Dec 2016 Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow, Russia Lost IBF cruiserweight title
31 Win 29–1 (1) Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez TKO 2 (12), 1:57 21 May 2016 Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA (Super) cruiserweight title;
Won IBF cruiserweight title
30 Win 28–1 (1) Nigeria Lateef Kayode TKO 8 (12), 1:22 4 Nov 2015 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan, Russia Retained WBA cruiserweight title
29 Win 27–1 (1) Democratic Republic of the Congo Youri Kayembre Kalenga UD 12 10 Apr 2015 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA cruiserweight title
28 Win 26–1 (1) Poland Paweł Kołodziej TKO 2 (12), 2:08 27 Sep 2014 Russia Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA cruiserweight title
27 NC 25–1 (1) Panama Guillermo Jones KO 11 (12), 1:54 17 May 2013 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA cruiserweight title;
Originally a KO win for Jones, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
26 Win 25–1 Colombia Santander Silgado KO 4 (12), 2:16 17 Dec 2012 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA cruiserweight title
25 Win 24–1 Barbados Shawn Terry Cox KO 2 (12), 2:40 4 Apr 2012 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA interim cruiserweight title
24 Win 23–1 United States James Toney UD 12 4 Nov 2011 Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow, Russia Won WBA interim cruiserweight title
23 Win 22–1 United States Roy Jones Jr. KO 10 (10), 2:58 21 May 2011 Russia Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia
22 Loss 21–1 Germany Marco Huck SD 12 18 Dec 2010 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany For WBO cruiserweight title
21 Win 21–0 Russia Aleksandr Alekseyev KO 2 (12), 2:43 17 Jul 2010 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Ignacio Esparza KO 4 (12), 2:59 22 Feb 2010 Russia Udmurtia State Circus, Izhevsk, Russia Retained WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
19 Win 19–0 Azerbaijan Ali Ismailov RTD 6 (12), 3:00 17 Dec 2009 Russia Gladiator Fight Club, Saint Petersburg, Russia Retained WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
18 Win 18–0 United Kingdom Enzo Maccarinelli TKO 3 (12), 2:20 18 Jul 2009 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
17 Win 17–0 Cuba Eliseo Castillo TKO 5 (8), 2:50 22 Mar 2009 Russia Mashinostroitel, Balashikha, Russia
16 Win 16–0 Belarus Dzmitri Adamovich TKO 4 (10), 2:19 17 Dec 2008 Russia KRC Arbat, Moscow, Russia
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Nick Okoth TKO 2 (8), 2:47 6 Sep 2008 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England
14 Win 14–0 Georgia (country) Archil Mezvrishvili KO 1 (8), 1:35 19 Jul 2008 Russia Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia
13 Win 13–0 Russia Artem Vychkin UD 10 24 Sep 2004 Russia Ice Sports Palace Sibir, Novosibirsk, Russia Won vacant Russia light-heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Uzbekistan Bagrat Makhkamov TKO 2 (8) 6 Jul 2004 Russia Soviet Wings Sport Palace, Moscow, Russia
11 Win 11–0 Ukraine Yevhen Bubylych UD 8 26 Jun 2004 Russia Soviet Wings Sport Palace, Moscow, Russia
10 Win 10–0 Belarus Siarhei Karanevich UD 6 29 May 2003 Russia Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow, Russia
9 Win 9–0 United States Berry Butler KO 4 (8), 2:48 15 Mar 2003 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Belarus Dzmitri Yavmenenka TKO 2 (4) 3 Oct 2002 Russia Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia
7 Win 7–0 Azerbaijan Roman Babaev RTD 4 (6), 3:00 10 Sep 2002 Russia Soviet Wings Sport Palace, Moscow, Russia
6 Win 6–0 Belarus Dzmitri Adamovich KO 5 (8) 23 Apr 2002 Russia Soviet Wings Sport Palace, Moscow, Russia
5 Win 5–0 Uzbekistan Rihsiboy Shamirzaev TKO 9 (12) 26 Dec 2001 Russia KRC Arbat, Moscow, Russia Retained Russia light-heavyweight title
4 Win 4–0 Uzbekistan Mirzohid Jianbaev TKO 4 (6) 7 Nov 2001 Russia KRC Arbat, Moscow, Russia
3 Win 3–0 Algeria Nourdine Melikh TKO 3 (12), 1:50 09 Jun 2001 Russia Druzhba Multipurpose Arena, Moscow, Russia Won vacant Russia light-heavyweight title
2 Win 2–0 Russia Denis Deryabkin UD 6 6 Mar 2001 Russia CSKA, Moscow, Russia
1 Win 1–0 Georgia (country) Teymuraz Kekelidze UD 6 27 Feb 2001 Russia Moscow, Russia Professional debut


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Dzhabrail Dzhabrailov
Russia light-heavyweight champion
9 June 2001 – September 2003
Title next held by
Dzhabrail Dzhabrailov
Russia light-heavyweight champion
24 September 2004 – December 2006
Title next held by
Andrey Yalunin
Title last held by
Aleksandr Alekseyev
WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion
18 July 2009 – 18 December 2010
Lost bid for world title
Title next held by
Ola Afolabi
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Yoan Pablo Hernández
WBA cruiserweight champion
Interim title

4 November 2011 – 30 October 2012
Title next held by
Youri Kayembre Kalenga
Preceded by
Guillermo Jones
as champion in recess
WBA cruiserweight champion
30 October 2012 – 21 May 2016
Title next held by
Beibut Shumenov
as Regular champion
Title last held by
David Haye
WBA cruiserweight champion
Super title

21 May 2016 – present
Preceded by
Victor Emilio Ramírez
IBF cruiserweight champion
21 May 2016 – 3 December 2016
Succeeded by
Murat Gassiev