Friday night will feature a rematch bout for the WBA world cruiserweight title as defending champion Guillermo Jones with face challenger and former champion Denis Lebedev. Denis Lebedev opened as a -200 favorite with the Boxing odds while Guillermo Jones was a +160 dog.
The 34 year old Denis Lebedev stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall with a southpaw stance. He is a native of Russia where the still resides. He is the 2nd ranked Russian in the cruiserweight division while ranking 8th in the world. Lebedev has a career record of 25 wins, 2 losses, and 0 draws. Out of his 25 wins 19 have come by knockout while 1 out of his 2 losses were by knockout. Lebedev's lone knockout loss was in his last bout one year ago when he went down in the 11th round of a scheduled 12 round bout for the WBA world cruiserweight title against Guillermo Jones in a bout that took place on May 17, 2013 in Russia. Lebedev had won the outright WBA world cruiserweight title on December 17, 2012 against Santander Silgado in a 4th round knockout of a scheduled 12 round bout that took place in Russia.
The 41 year old Guillermo Jones stands at 6 feet 4 inches tall with an orthodox stance. Jones is a native of Panama where he still resides. He is the top ranked Panamanian cruiserweight and is ranked 3rd in the world. Jones has a career record of 39 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws. Out of his 39 wins Jones has posted 31 knockouts while just 1 out of his 3 career losses have come by knockout. As has been the case with Lebedev, Jones has not fought since his knockout win over Lebedev to claim the WBA world cruiserweight title last year. Prior to his won over Lebedev, Jones was the winner of a 6 round technical knockout lover Michael Marrone in a scheduled 12 round bout that took place on November 5, 2011 for the WBA cruiserweight title in a bout that took place in Florida.
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