WOW is about all anyone could sputter after seeing the first war between Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev held in Moscow last year, so here we go again in Moscow, April 25th, a Friday, Jones vs Lebedev II for redemption.
Their first fight was a hands down fight of the year save for one niggling detail. The massive 6-4 Jones from Panama who really should be fighting as a 220 lb heavyweight, why he is supposed to have tested positive for diuretics, a variety of common pharmaceutical weight loss substances long used by boxers but banned under modern rules. Their fight hearkened back to ye gory days of yore with massive shots being given and taken back and forth and even a massive Lebedev body slam of Jones. Lebedev’s right eye progressively became so grotesquely swollen that he could not see to get up after an 11th round knockdown by Jones.
The amazing 41 year old Jones has been promoted for a long time now by Don King which means he is notoriously inactive for long stretches of years even, yet still holds his emeritus WBA strap in spite of that inactivity and failed drug test. Then there is the matter of infamously long banned Panama Lewis being his trainer, or at very least he used to be. The rematch should do big numbers in Russia and will be picked up by international hardline aficionados who appreciate the strong warlike attributes of Jones and Lebedev inside the squared ring. This is also a good guy/bad guy scenerio being played out where the Russian Lebedev is cast as the Russian good guy against the evil empire of Don King and the “drug cheating” Guillermo Jones.
Perhaps more amazing is Lebedev miraculously acquiring legendary trainer Freddie Roach who has more on his plate than any two trainers could handle. Lebedev is not a big star and could have been easily dismissed by Roach who is old school all the way down to his creaking bones, but he must have liked what he saw in Lebedev, a southpaw like Manny Pacquiao who can be further developed. The challenge of going against such an experienced big, strong guy in Jones who also knows how to fight in spades and is not easily discouraged no doubt also piqued Roach’s interest who is not shy about taking on challenges.
Jones should enter as the favorite, but facts are that Lebedev was outboxing and outworking him the first fight and should be in even better condition this go round. As to Jones? Be nice if he could pass the drug test this time around if he wants any accolades from fans. We already know he can fight.
Sure to be another tough, all action give and take bust’emup to add on to the already great start to the new year, so here, here, may the trend continue.
UPDATE: Fight called off and may 0r may not be rescheduled due to positive Jones drug test for weight loss diuretic Furosemide, a real shame that and yet another kick in the teeth of boxing: