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 Last update:  11/5/2011       Read more by Alexey Sukachev         
   
Pirog on Lebedev's Domination of Toney: 'A Sad Moment'
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By Grigoriy Stangrit (Allboxing.ru)

Dmitry Pirog, the unbeaten WBO middleweight champion, expressed his own feelings about James Toney’s dominating decison loss to Denis Lebedev in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev won a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBA interim-cruiserweight title. Toney didn't win a single round on the scorecards and his reflexes weren't there.

“It’s a very sad moment, I think. It’s how stars are really shut down. “Lights out,” to repeat Toney’s words. I honestly thought he will get stopped in the last round. He was very close to being stopped and I thought his team would throw in the towel to make the stoppage official. But I want to give the legendary fighter some credit. He used his fascinating defensive skills to survive until the [final] bell. As for his inactivity, Toney was too slow. He was unable to follow Lebedev’s actions in the ring. Denis was way too quick for him. And he was also technically equipped enough to fight such a [boxer] as Toney. I felt [Kostya] Tszyu’s hand in this one. I think this is Kostya’s merit [as a trainer] that Lebedev looked so strong tonight. In this very fight I realized that Kostya is indeed a coach."

About his next fight: “We have reached some verbal agreements with [IBF champion] Daniel Geale and his team, and we are ready for this unification. I just hope that Showtime will also be interested in such a fight."

Tags: Dmitry Pirog , James Toney , Denis Lebedev , Toney-Lebedev , Toney vs Lebedev


 

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comment by Soviet, on 11-05-2011
Great performance by Lebedev. He dominated every second of every round.

comment by UmissUpay, on 11-05-2011
pirog probably added a little toneys style to his recipe green k for pirog stop running sergio

comment by AL YANKAB*TCH, on 11-05-2011
[QUOTE=Discipline]Wow, props to Pirog for coming out and saying this. I respect him even more now. You can tell he's a fan of Toney.[/QUOTE] Absolutely.. becoming more and more of a fan . Martinez needs to step the fukk up and fight Pirog...stop calling out the little guys.

comment by vinny2006, on 11-05-2011
Toney did look very old in this fight, just surviving with defense. Almost a replay of the Roy Jones fight, but not that bad. Roy, Toney and Hopkins need to hang it up. Hopkins still looks OK. I hope Lebedev and Tarver fight, hoping Lebedev knocks Tarvers ass out cold.

comment by Discipline, on 11-05-2011
Wow, props to Pirog for coming out and saying this. I respect him even more now. You can tell he's a fan of Toney.

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