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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia-based cruiserweight Steve Cunningham, who is promoted by a German company, is better known in Germany than he is in America. He will fight Yoan Pablo Hernandez in Germany on Saturday in a rematch with THE RING’s vacant title on the line.