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 Last update:  6/1/2013       Read more by Ruslan Chikov            &
Tszyu Admits Lebdev Was Overtrained, Nearly Stopped It
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By Ruslan Chikov

Hall of Fame ex-champion Kostya Tszyu will remain as the head trainer of former cruiserweight champ Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19KOs), according to the coach himself. Lebdev plans to make some changes with his team in the wake of the eleventh round knockout loss to Guillermo Jones on May 17th.

The right side of Lebedev's face was horrific. The right eye was badly swollen shut. And there were cuts around both of his eyes.

There were critics, including Jones, who were shocked that Lebedev's corner did not stop the fight in the earlier rounds - when considering the facet that Lebdev was fighting with one eye.

"I thought a lot about [stopping the fight]. If you remember, in the tenth round Jones fell to the mat and he barely got up. It's like running a ten-cross race over 500 meters and before the finish line you fall and then try to get up - it is a huge burden. At that moment, it nearly became a turning point. In boxing, every second something can change, but it turned out that in the eleventh round a knockout happened, although it could have been the opposite," Tszyu said.

Tszyu admits that Lebdev was overtrained for the fight.

"I think [his stamina isssues] were due to the roughness in our physical fitness. Lebedev did not have the stamina to win," Tszyu said.

Lebdev wants to return on the Wladimir Klitschko-Alexander Povetkin undercard on October 6th in Moscow, Russia.

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comment by giacomino, on 06-01-2013
"Fell to the mat?" Tszyu acts like Jones fell from exhaustion in the 10th. Lebdev body-slammed him, probably out of frustration over his trainer's idiocy.

comment by StillAlive2k, on 06-01-2013
Overtrained? Was someone punching him in that eye before the fight to soft it up? If he did win that he would of been a cult hero!!! I never thought that much of him before but now i got loads of respect for him for lasting so long!!

comment by joe strong, on 06-01-2013
overtrained? my ass! he got exposed. he had the close fight with huck but other then that he was feasting on the senior circuit (jones , toney & RJJ) in his homeland. he ran into a legit CW who wasn't even in the best of shape or at his best & he still took everything & dished out more of a beati...

comment by Drunk Punch, on 06-01-2013
Anyone with an eye injury that bad should have been pulled out by a responsible corner. It's just not worth it for the sake of an L on your record. Really irresponsible and career shortening decision by Tszyu and his team.

comment by cuzzlo, on 06-01-2013
Guillermo Jones was otherworldy Lebedev with wins over Jones and Toney and fighting in the former Soviet Union, there was no way they wanted him beat, that's why they never stopped it and they nearly killed the man.

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