Lebe­dev suc­cess­fully de­fends WBA cruis­er­weight ti­tle

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Rus­sia’s De­nis Lebe­dev suc­cess­fully de­fended his WBA cruis­er­weight ti­tle Fri­day with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against France’s Youri Kalenga.

Lebe­dev con­trolled the pace of the fight from the start, although he was knocked down in the fourth round when he slipped and Kalenga hit him with a hay­maker left to the face.

The French­man was in charge for the next three rounds be­fore Lebe­dev knocked Kalenga down cleanly, af­ter which the Rus­sian, now with a 27-2 record, held the ini­tia­tive for the rest of the fight.

Kalenga tired badly in the later rounds and took se­ri­ous pun­ish­ment from Lebe­dev’s left hooks, but the Rus­sian was un­able to se- cure a 21st ca­reer knock­out.

Lebe­dev took the win by 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112 on the three score­cards. It is his sec­ond de­fense since he was awarded the ti­tle last year af­ter Panama’s Guillermo Jones tested pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance.

Kalenga, who had held the in­terim ver­sion of the WBA ti­tle since June, slips to a 21-2 record.

On the un­der­card, un­beaten Ed­uard Troy­anovsky knocked out fel­low Rus­sian Aik Shakhnazaryan to win the va­cant IBO su­per light­weight ti­tle and move to a 21-0 record.

Un­beaten Rus­sian cruis­er­weight Dmitry Kudryashov main­tained his un­beaten record in his 17th pro fight, knock­ing out New York-born Puerto Ri­can Fran­cisco Pala­cios in less than 50 sec­onds.

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