Kalenga vs. Dorticos for WBA Interim title, May 20 in Paris

By Alexey Sukachev

On May 21 another WBA “Super” champion will be defined, as its “regular” cruiserweight owner Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs) will collide with the IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) for a unified 200-pound regalia.

As the 'regular' version of the WBA hardware will become vacant (unless a draw happens in Lebedev vs. Ramirez, which is always unlikely), a vacancy will have to be filled in. Tonight, the contestants for the black belt were named: France-based Congolese Youri Kayembre Kalenga and Cuban Yunier Dorticos. The fight is about to take place on May 20 in Paris, France.


WBA #3 (and also WBO #9 and WBC/IBF/TBRB #10) rated cruiserweight Kalenga (22-2, 15 KOs) was previously an interim owner of the belt, having defended it twice – against Pole Mateusz Masternak and Canadian Denton Daley. He tried to unify the WBA belt at least locally but lost to the reigning champion Denis Lebedev in a spirited and close fight last April.

Former Cuban amateur star Yunier Dorticos is 20-0, with 19 KOs, but he is largely untested at this level. His best wins are over Colombian fighters: Fulgencio Zuniga, Epifanio Mendoza, and Edison Miranda.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-28-2016

I thought the WBA wanted rid of all this interim B/S!

Comment by RaTaTa on 03-28-2016

good fight!!!!

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