Lebedev Wants a Rematch: I Thought I Won or it Was a Draw

By Igor Lazorin, tass

On Saturday night in Moscow, Russia - Murat Gassiev (24-0-1, 17KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22KOs) to capture the IBF cruiserweight title. The scores were 114-113 for Lebedev, 116-112 for Gassiev and 116-111 for Gassiev.

Lebedev went down hard in the fifth round after taking a very big shot to his liver. Lebedev admits the fight was very close, but he felt he won the fight or it should have been a draw.

"The fight was close, but it seemed to me that I had won or least I could have been given a draw," Lebedev said. "That punch to the liver prevented [me from fighting my fight]. If it wasn't for that I would have been more convincing. I started excellently, I thought I had that fight in the pocket."


Now Lebedev wants to get his chance at revenge by facing Gassiev for a second time in 2017. There was no rematch clause in place, because the fight with Gassiev was a mandatory title defense.

"Of course I want [a rematch]," said Lebedev. "This is the normal desire of every athlete."

Promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, who promote Gassiev in the United States, is willing to entertain the idea of a rematch - if Lebedev will stake his WBA cruiserweight world title. Leading into this fight, Lebedev refused to stake his WBA title - so only the IBF belt was at stake, as Gassiev was the mandatory challenger to that particular belt. The sanctioning body approved Lebedev's request to view the contest as a non-title affair.

"We are ready to put together a rematch, but if Lebedev's team are willing to put the WBA belt on the line," said Margules. "Otherwise, it does not make sense for us."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Blackclouds on 12-04-2016

Lebedev clearly lost and he would lose a rematch that he should not get.

Comment by MelanKomas on 12-04-2016

via GIPHY Lebedev needs to retire that ugly mug NO rematch!

Comment by BigOneFromCuba on 12-04-2016

Kovalev dismantled Ward. Incompetent, biased judges ****ed that up intentionally, and Ward most likely will not honor the rematch clause. A boxer must go forcthe stoppage or be prepared for an uneducated guess.

Comment by BigOneFromCuba on 12-04-2016

Ther needs to be age restrictions for judging boxing matches. These mutha****ing judges are turning people away from the sport. Old men and woman of any age cannot judge . As a matter of fact, only retired fighters should be…

Comment by j0zef on 12-03-2016

Lebedev got dropped, was out landed and visibly took more damage. How the hell did he do enough? Can we please get better scoring criteria so ridiculous sh1t like this never happens?

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