In a possible fight of the year showdown, WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs) scored an upset 11th round tko win over a very game Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
The 41-year-old Jones had a good first round cutting Lebedev over the right eye. Lebedev came out very aggressive in round two, but Jones did his share of damage too. Same scenario in round three. Lebedev’s eye was swollen shut. Jones took more big shots in round four, but worked over Lebedev in round five.
Lebedev came back strong in the sixth round and punished Jones in the seventh. Lebedev dominated round eight, but Jones found his second wind in round nine targeting Lebedev’s eye.
Lebedev’s face was swollen grotesquely after round 10. Lebedev, fighting virtually blind, finally went down in round 11. Jones’ promoter Don King, written off by some a few months ago, is back in the game with a new world champion.
May 17, 2013