The former cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev of Russia plans to resume his career. Lebedev announced his retirement in July. "Denis could resume his career for the sake of the fight against Ilunga Makabu," said the representative of Lebedev's boxing team. On the Match TV channel Lebedev also expressed a desire to return to the ring.
The owner cruiserweight world title Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KOs) announced the his retirement. The 39-year-old Russian last time fought last November, beating Mike Wilson on points.
The bout between Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KOs) and Arsen Gulamiryan (24-0, 16 KOs) for the WBA cruiserweight belt does not take place in the nearest future. Boxers did not reach an agreement on financial terms.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) decided to take the championship belt in the cruiserweight of the Ukrainian Oleksander Usyk and to give it to the Russian Denis Lebedev. The reason was that Usyk refused to defend his title and changed the weight category.
Promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, who works with the Russian boxer Denis Lebedev, commented on the decision of the Ukrainian Oleksander Usyk to vacate the WBA title. WBA appointed promotional bids for Usyk vs Lebedev fight. The auction was supposed to be held on Thursday, but Usyk made a statement that this meeting would not take place, and the Ukrainian himself intends to hold his next fight in the new weight category.