Russian cruiserweight star Denis Lebedev bounced back from last year’s controversial stoppage loss to Guillermo Jones by scoring a chilling one-punch second-round knockout of unbeaten Polish standout Pawel Kolodziej on Saturday in Moscow.
In Lem Satterfield’s latest notebook, we learn details of an upcoming doubleheader featuring Russia vs. Poland as its theme.
No less than 18 RING-rated fighters were in action over the past two weeks, including RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and two young welterweight standouts, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who advanced in the 147-pound rankings.
Just hours before the highly anticipated Denis Lebedev-Guillermo Jones rematch, news broke that Jones had tested positive for the banned substance Furosemide, canceling the fight. It was the same substance that Jones came up dirty on for the first fight.
Marcos Maidana says Adrien Broner “has not been tested by a natural welterweight like me. That’s why this is the hardest fight of his life.” Maidana challenges Broner for the WBA 147-pound title on Dec. 14.
Ruslan Provodnikov made a large jump forward in THE RING’s junior welterweight rankings after his impressive 10th-round stoppage of highly rated Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
There was a lot of action this past weekend but despite a few high-profile fights not much significant movement in THE RING’s divisional ratings apart from at cruiserweight, where inactive Guillermo Jones re-entered after his 11th-round KO of Denis Lebedev.