Denis Lebedev Crushes Altunkaya in 3, Abdullaev Beats Lundy

By Alexey Sukachev

Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia - Returning for the first time since July of 2017, former WBA crusierweight world champion Denis Lebedev (31-2, 23 KOs) scored a crushing third round knockout of Hizni Altunkaya (30-3, 17 KOs).

Lebedev knocked out Altunkaya with a straight left at 1:03 of the third. Altunkaya was also down in round two after a left hook to the liver.

The WBA recent ordered their world champion Oleksandr Usyk, to make a mandatory defense against Lebedev.

Three weeks after his 39th birthday, Lebedev reminded everyone that this age matters little when you have a championship caliber punching power and world class skills. Fighting in front ot a partisan Uralic crowd at the Traktor Ice Palace, he proved his worth in the expense of Germany-based Turk Altunkaya.

denis lebedev (1)

Lebedev, named WBA champion in recess, hasn't been seen in the ring for more than a year. Altunkaya, meanwhile, was just 1-2 in his latest fights, lost inside the distance to both Krzysztof Glowacki and Beibut Shumenov, the last time just two months ago in Astana.

It was been discovered that Lebedev was in another league when compared to WBA #9 Altunkaya, 30, even despite understandable rust after a long lay-off and some wear&tear following a number of hard-scrap battles in his rampaging career. The first round, however, was tedious, Altunkaya utilized his footwork to move well along the ropes, while Lebedev wasn't that successful in cutting off the ring.

Things got better for the Russian in the second round. Altunkaya was winning the jab contest but Lebedev, unrated yet with a history of titles behind his back, began to corner his opponent more smoothly. His punches got meaner, his glances felt dangerous, and he finally put Altunkaya down with a solid left hook to the liver. Altunkaya was dazed but showed toughness surviving until the final bell. The break, however, was too short for the Turk, as he began to get pummelled from the opening bell of round three, Finally, and overhand left to the temple of Altunkaya staggered him and put him down for the count.

Time of stoppage was 1:02. Lebedev increased his record to 31-2, 23 KOs, while Altunkaya drops down to 30-3, 17 KOs.

Zauer Abdullaev (10-0, 6 KOs) got the biggest win of his young career with a twelve round unanimous decision over world title challenger and tested veteran Hank Lundy (29-7-1, 14 KOs).

The scores were 115-113, 117-112 and 118-110.

Abdullaev was making the first defense of his WBC Silver lightweight belt.

Abdullaev, lankier of the two at 5'9'', was also busier of the two, but Lundy gave him fits with his roll-with-the-punches defense and occasional stinging hooks and uppercuts. Both fighters looked fresh in the opening rounds, and Lundy was a bit busier in rounds four and five. Yet Abdullaev, 24, turned back the tide after a mid-point to trouble Lundy, ten years his senior.

Scores were 79-73, 79-73, and 75-76 after eight rounds. Abdullaev gave his all and edged Lundy (now 29-7, 14 KOs) in the closing rounds. Final scores were: 118-110, 119-112, and 115-113 - all for the Russian novice, who debuted as a pro in March 2017.


In a battle of journeymen, Russian traveller Alexey Evchenko (17-11, 7 KOs) stopped Bruno Leonardo Ronay (21-6, 18 KOs) of Argentina, forcing his opponent to retire on a cut after six complete rounds.


No less than three vacant minor super featherweight belts were at stake in a fight between Russian lightweight champion Nikita Kuznetsov, 23, and local favorite Mark "Canelo" Urvanov. 22... and they all remained vacant following an unpleasant ten-round draw between the young fighters. Kuznetsov moved to 9-0-2, 4 KOs, while Uravanov is now 13-2-1, 6 KOs. Scores were: 99-91, 95-95, and 94-97. Eurasian Boxing Parliament, IBF Youth and WBC CISBB 130lb titles were at stake.


Twelve years and a number of fights following his last stoppage loss (to Kevin Mitchell), Belarussian veteran Andrey Isaev (30-14, 9 KOs) was stopped again - this time by Ruslan Kamilov (4-0, 3 KOs). The bout was stopped after three complete rounds of action.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cloud on 09-07-2018

[COLOR="Magenta"]Sadly, Denis looked a little fat, had a bad haircut, and just looked old in general. He's an all time great cruiserweight imo. I'd like to think he keeps getting these types of soft fights at this stage of his…

Comment by Boksfan on 09-07-2018

Fat Russian guy beat a journeyman, that should be the title.

Comment by DuckAdonis on 09-07-2018

Altunkaya is a disgrace...he just came there to lay down...he was hardly hit. Also nice win for Zaur Abdullaev

Comment by Mammoth on 09-07-2018

Please tell me he didn't call out Usyk.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Photo: Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington - Face To Face at Presser Canelo-GGG Rematch Earned Less $$$ From Tickets Than 1st Fight Claressa Shields-Christina Hammer Set For 11/17 In Atlantic City Wilder's Team Have 'No Desire' For New Meeting on Joshua Deal Matchroom Inks Eight Year Content Deal With DAZN Canada Lomachenko vs. Pedraza Official For December 8, MSG Theater Angel Acosta vs. Abraham Rodriguez Tops Golden Boy Card News: Zhang Zhilei, Junior Younan, Kai Robin Havnaa, More Billy Joe Saunders Hit With £100,000 Fine By The BBBoC Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme To Have WBC Silver at Stake Cunningham: I'll Resurrect Lubin, Guarantee He Will Rule at 154 Hearn: If Fury Beats Wilder, Rematch Will Prevent Joshua-Fury WBC Prez on Porter-Spence Unification, Thurman's Direct Shot Tony Bellew: I Know I'll Find A Way To Beat Usyk; I Always Do JJ McDonagh Blasts Eubanks as "Fakes" Nicola Adams Aims To Blast Out Millan For WBO Crown Usyk: One Reason We Agreed To Face Bellew - Is To Get Joshua! Michael Conlan: Vladimir Nikitin Will Be My First Step Up Golovkin's Coach Doubts Age Will Be a Factor in Canelo Trilogy Brian Rose Vows To Make His Comeback in Top Form Incessant Sanctioning Silliness Prompts Alternative Crusade Canelo Has No Issue Working Out New Deal With HBO Anthony Joshua: Dillian Whyte Deserves it More Than Tyson Fury Gamboa Views Juanma as Springboard To Lomachenko Fight Anthony Joshua Asks Tyson Fury: Why Am I a Sh*thouse? Alantez Fox Picks Up Return Win, Beats Elvin Ayala Canelo Alvarez Receives Medical Clearance For December Fight Crolla: If I Win, A Good Chance The Lomachenko Fights Happens Bellew: If I Don't Stop After This, My Wife Will Divorce Me! Espinoza: Showtime Not Going Anywhere; Spending More $$$ In 2019 Salvador Briseno Inks Promotional With All Star Boxing News: Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Ward, McCullough, Doyle, Egbunike Tony Bellew: Usyk is a Monster – But I Can Knock Him Out! Joshua's Promoter: The Sole Focus, 100%, is Wilder Fight in April Usyk-Bellew Card: Cordina-Cardle, Crolla-Yordan, Walsh-Lowe II Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Presser Groves: We Are Supremely Confident of Beating Callum Smith Tony Bellew: I'm Not Scared Of Usyk's 'Crazy Ukrainian Look' Hearn: Joshua Had Horrific Camp, Flu Before Fighting Povetkin WBC Prez: Canelo vs. Charlo Status To Be Clarified at Convention

Latest Active Forum Threads