By Igor Lazorin, tass
It appears that former WBA, IBF cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev will hold his next fight against Turkish boxer Hizni Altunkaya, according to a report by Ring Polska .
BoxingScene.com previously reported that Lebedev will return to the ring in Chelyabinsk on September 7.
Lebedev has been out of the ring since July of 2017, when he picked up a twelve round unanimous decision win over Mark Flanagan of Australia.
Altunkaya is holding the ninth position in a rankings under the WBA.
In his last fight, which took place on July 7, he was stopped in nine rounds by the returning Beibut Shumenov in a battle for the WBA's "regular" cruiserweight title.
In total, the 38-year-old Lebedev has a record of 30 wins (22 by KO) and two defeats, while the 30-year-old Altunkaya has a record of 30 wins (17 by KO) and suffered two defeats.
Earlier this year, Lebedev was stripped of his WBA "super" title status and made the WBA's "champion in recess" - which grants him an immediate world title shot if he chooses.
The sanctioning body took away his title position due to inactivity.
After that happened, Yunier Dorticos became the "super" champion, but his title run did not last very long as he was knocked out by Murat Gassiev. And then last month, Gassiev's title reign came to a quick end when he was dominated by Oleksandr Usyk in their World Boxing Super Series final bout, which took place in Moscow. Usyk also holds the WBC, IBF, WBO world titles.
The former world champion of the International Boxing Organization (IBO) in the light heavyweight division, Russia's Igor Mikhalkin, will hold his next fight on September 15 in Germany against former world champion Manny Siaca.
Mikhalkin lost on March 3rd, a technical knockout in the seventh round to compatriot Sergey Kovalev in a battle for the WBO world title in New York City.
The Russian boxer has a record of 21 victories (9 by KO) and two defeats. And Siaca has a record of 25 wins (20 by KO) and eight defeats.