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Tszyu Admits Lebdev Was Overtrained, Nearly Stopped It

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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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…

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…

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…

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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