By Derek Bonnett
On December 17, at Crocus City Hall, Russia, big punching WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev set off a shot heard around the boxing world as overly eager pundits finalized their year-end awards, including KO of the Year.
Lebedev, 33, stopped previously unbeaten Colombian Silander Silgado at 2:16 of round number four. A left uppercut ended an exciting round, leaving Silander as nothing more than a 193.5 pound splat on the canvas. Referee Mikael Hook began a count, but waved off the contest upon a brief examination of Silgado. The one shot KO easily rivals the best we have seen from Juan Manuel Marquez, Danny Garcia, and Randall Bailey in 2012.
Lebedev, of Chekhov, Russia, defended the full WBA title for the first time since winning the interim belt two fights back. He improved his dossier to 25-1 (19). Silgado, 27, dropped to 23-1 (18).