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 Last update:  12/30/2011       Read more by Ruslan Chikov         
   
Denis Lebedev's Options: Tarver, Jones or Maybe Afolabi
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By Ruslan Chikov and Alexander Pavlov

Vladimir Hryunov, the prominent Russian manager and promoter, recently discussed the possible fight opportunities for cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (23-1, 17KOs), who captured the WBA's interim title after beating veteran James Toney in November. Some of the options include IBO champion Antonio Tarver, full WBA champion Guillermo Jones or a possible fight for the vacant WBO crown, should Marco Huck get stripped, against Ola Afolabi.

"We have had contact with known manager Al Haymon, and while negotiations were presented with fairly respectable numbers for a possible fight with Antonio Tarver in the U.S., this fight could also take place in Russia. We have a plan and we know which way to go. We won't rule out a possible fight with WBA titleholder Guillermo Jones of Panama. We have already held preliminary negotiations with [Jones'] promoter Don King. He expressed a desire to come to us. There is another option: we notified the WBO that if they are going to vacate the title of Marco Huck for moving up to heavyweight, we will be ready to fight with Ola Afolabi," Hryunov said.

Alexander Pavlov covers boxing for sportbox.ru

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comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT, on 12-30-2011
Lebedev's a clown. He beats on shot guys with no chin (Roy, Enzo) or injured old men (Toney). He's also extremely ugly. Has any supposed contender ever fought three 40+ guys in a row before? Hopefully Tarver still has enough to make Lebedev look silly.

comment by raf727, on 12-30-2011
[QUOTE=Kannabis Kid]Lol the same Ledebev that couldnt KO a one legged James Toney and took RJJ 10 rounds and was getting outboxed along the way. If Cunningham can KO Huck but Lebedev cant that lets me know his power is over rated. Of course one solid shot can KO even the best of them, but lets no...

comment by Kannabis Kid, on 12-30-2011
Lol the same Ledebev that couldnt KO a one legged James Toney and took RJJ 10 rounds and was getting outboxed along the way. If Cunningham can KO Huck but Lebedev cant that lets me know his power is over rated. Of course one solid shot can KO even the best of them, but lets not get carried away. ...

comment by -PANDA-, on 12-30-2011
tarver is the only one who has a chance of all opponents mentioned, he has the speed and technical skills to make lebedev look average. however lebedev is a very strong cruiserweight who targets the body and applies pressure which could wear the aging tarver out jones is way too inactive and has...

comment by BostonGuy, on 12-30-2011
[QUOTE=Pugly!]ill take him over them all. . . he is too good. . . too strong for them.[/QUOTE] Yeah, I think Lebedev is an underated fighter; he's a technical fighter, he can punch and he has great endurance...

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