Thursday, 19 July 2012
Guilllermo Jones and Denis Lebedev reach an agreement...
Cruiserweight contenders Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev have finally reached an agreement for a fight that will take place later this year. To do this, the purse bid for the fight had to be cancelled.
Jones (38-3-2, 30 KO's), 40-years old, is the WBA world champ but incredibly two defences of the belt since September 2008 when he defeated Firat Arslan. He is a decent fighter that has had a few good victories over his lengthy career but he is just too inactive. This is what I think will be his downfall in this fight. Lebedev (24-1, 18 KO's), 32-years old, has not fought many top level opponents recently but he has been fighting pretty regularly. His last three fights have all been victories, but they have only been against a well-past-it Roy Jones Jr and James Toney, and Shawn Cox. The one defeat he has on his record comes against Marco Huck who is the No.1 cruiserweight around right now.
A date and location for the fight has still not been confirmed but it is looking likely that it will take place on October 8th as Lebedev was scheduled in for that date already. Russia looks to be the most suitable location, purely because of the fact that this is not a big, big fight and Lebedev can draw in a few fans over there, something that would not happen anywhere else.
It was not very hard to make a prediction for this fight. Lebedev is the younger, fitter and fresher fighter and I think it will be a pretty easy victory for him. Jones could make it a hard fight for the Russian but only if he is in tip-top condition and ready for the fight.