James Toney-Denis Lebedev For The WBA Interim Crown?

By Ruslan Chikov and Gregory Stangrit,

According to former three division world champion James Toney (73-6-3, 44KOs), the November 4th showdown with Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17KOs) will have the WBA's interim-cruiserweight title up for grabs. The fight takes place at the Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia. The interim-title of the WBA recently became vacant. A few weeks ago, Yoan Pablo Hernandez vacated the title prior to his controversial win over Steve Cunningham for the IBF's version of the belt.

"I am totally ready for this fight. I can go fight right now. With my defense, he can't even get to me. The fight will be short, so do not be late. I advise those who are sitting at at ringside not wear white clothes, because there will be a lot of blood. Lebedev is nothing to me, and neither is Kostya Tszyu, who trains him. Tszyu recently was inducted as a Hall of Fame boxer, but he shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, he should be in the hall of shame. Regarding the fight, it's going to be for interim-world title of the WBA. I know the guy who owns the full title [Guillermo Jones] and he won't agree to fight me, so the WBA should just declare me as champion," Toney said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dan649 on 10-26-2011

I found a WBA belt in my cocoa pops packet last week and couldnt give it away coz all my friends already had interim and diamond belts. I will throw it in the garage with the rest of the WBA…

Comment by Lucky Jim on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;11335216]The tenacity of Toney fans always astonishes me. The guy has had 5 fights since Jan.2007, that's nearly 5 years. One split against a guy called Danny Batchelder, a novice compared to Toney. An NC against Rahman, and a robbery…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=FightFanSTL;11333514]Guillermo Jones, WBA Cruiserweight champion, is scheduled to defend on November 5th at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL. I guess we need an interim champion for those 24 hours between bouts?[/QUOTE] He hasn't defended in almost 2 years. should…

Comment by Drunk Punch on 10-25-2011

He's had way too many fights already. Just listen to him speaking, he sounds worse than Holyfield.

Comment by edgarg on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Dedication;11335001]Maybe I'm acting a bit over the top. Especially being the Toney fan I am. I was actually excited for the Toney vs Lebedev fight to begin with. It's only until I saw videos of Lebedev training against a Toney…

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