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Here We Go Again~Guillermo Jones vs Denis Lebedev II

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.

Yes, That Kind of Fight!

Yes, That Kind of Fight!

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:


The Rematch–Jean Pascal vs Bernard Hopkins

The Jean Pascal vs Bernard Hopkins rematch next Saturday, May 21st at the Bell Centre in Montreal took an ugly turn when Hopkins was accused of using performance enhance drugs in his last dance against Pascal.

Truth be told, Hopkins took the ugly turn long ago when he chose to become a stinker/spoiler type of fighter as he got older and then started whining about the results and acting out in the ring. I was astounded as anyone else to see him turn back the years after suffering two early knockdowns to roar back and actually take the fight to another fighter as he did in his prime.

Pascal vs Hopkins

Pascal vs Hopkins

But this is Jean Pascal who is not noted for his power, but for his fading stamina in big fights, and sure as shootin’, he was running on empty by the end which gave the oldtimer Hopkins room enough to claim he was robbed, which he does with every loss anyway, so no big deal there.

It’s a shame Golden Boy hasn’t done more to clean up the drug issues they started with their accusations against Manny Pacquiao, yet Oscar has been typically silent on accusations against one of his business partners and done nothing to clean up drug testing in Golden Boy much less boxing as a whole.

Since there only few examples of boxers using performance enhancing drugs, it’s not clear boxing needs a drug rinse, but hopefully down the road a few more procedures can be implemented to get ahead of the curve and put down these ugly, useless rumors.

I hope Pascal and Hopkins can pull their acts together and give us a definitive result this fight instead of histrionics. I won’t hold my breath since I’d guess Pascal will be content to pace himself better and it’s doubtful Hopkins will be as “up” as he was for their first fight, a classic in the beginning that  digressed into sloppiness by the end when Pascal got too tired to fight with Hopkins too slow to capitalize.

A better fight for me next Saturday is young Nathan Cleverly attempting to “unify” the WBO interim Lightheavyweight belt against regular WBO champ Juergen Braehmer. Both fighters are still in their athletic primes and talented although 32 yr old Braehmer has a significant edge in experience over 24 yr old Cleverly.

Brits seem to have taken to Cleverly who made a splash when he graduated with his Mathematics degree, so the O2 Arena in Greenwich should really be rocking for this. The British hoopla may offset Braemer’s advantages coming into the fight since he’s been strictly a Germanic zone fighter, even becoming deathly ill in his last canceled outing against Shumenov in Kazakhstan, his sole travel outing . Braehmer also has over a year’s worth of rust.

The odds should be fairly even, so take your pick.

Finally, sadly I close with the news that Roy Jones Jr. is bent on going out on his shield against a very powerful cruiserweight Denis Lebedev at Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow. Jones has had no legs left to manuever for some time now with his punch resistance wearing thin as well.

So, that’s the Saturday, May 21st lineup, a decent weekend for boxing.

A Fighter’s Fight–Marco Huck vs Denis Lebedev

The cruiserweight division has been long maligned as a refuge for overweight lightheavies or undersized, heavies, but Marco Huck and Denis Lebedev will be the same ring sizes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in their Fight of the Century.

Be there.....What ever recognition their careers may lack with the general public, make no mistake, these are some seriously strong fighters who can bang with the best. All the public attention will be on the hyped Pascal/Hopkins clash in Montreal this Saturday, but it’s almost guaranteed this is the fight real fighters are gonna watch for a treat.

Be there…..


Denis the Menace

Denis the Menace

Denis Lebedev is a throwback to rugged frame of Sailor Tom Sharkey at the turn of the 19th century. He doesn’t impress physically with his size and cut, but he absolutely imposes himself his opponent in the most nightmarish way possible, knocking out 8 straight opponents since his comeback in 2008 after a bizarre 4 yr layoff from boxing. They could only last a collective  27 rounds, or about 3 rounds apiece, so clearly the sabbatical did him a world of good as well as moving up to the cruiser division.



Käpt’n Huck turned pro in 2004, so his is a classical journey of a solid championship fighter, taking about 5 yrs to secure a title and now with 4 defenses notched. As you can see, this boy has some size on him, bigger and stronger than anyone he has faced, and at 30-1, 23 KO, he’s racked up a great deal of experience for a 26 yr old and been in with a collection of the best.

Huck is gonna need it because Lebedev is a murderous southpaw coming off his best win yet, a 2nd round KO of highly regarded Alexander Alexeev in the style of Mike Tyson’s storied knockout of Trevor Berbick.

This will be irresistible force colliding with irresistible force with both having unmovable chins, so someone has to crack, but who?

Huck is well experienced in 12 round fights, so one need not be a seer to look at Lebedev’s lack of extended rounds during his comeback to figure that dragging him into the later championship rounds is where you might want to drown him. That would be safer than trying to exchange with him early, but Huck is a fighter’s fighter so he loves a good mano a mano collision. Can he contain his enthusiasm and box?

Huck has shown some more boxing discipline in his defenses and he seems to be totally dedicated to boxing and wanting to hang around for some good number of years, so he might play cagey hard to get with Lebedev. I’m sure that’s what his trainers want out of him.

Lebedev I know less of which is not surprising since he’s contested so few rounds in his comeback. He has a bandy legged awkward menace to him in the ring although there is nothing fancy in what he does but simply stand in front and pick rights and lefts until he hits his bullseye. It would appear he has that awkward sense of timing that opponents cannot train for compounded by his southpaw stance, something they can only experience the fatal results in the ring. Don’t know how good Lebedev is at chasing, cutting off the ring, fighting off the ropes, fighting inside, mauling and grappling, or moving inside the range of the rangy Huck who will be popping him from outside.

Even the ring stare down will be a deadly treat, so stay tuned this Saturday and we’ll find out in German time at Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.