By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
New York, NY (March 14, 2013)– Former World Boxing Association World Cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones of Panama, stripped of his world title for failing to defend it against either challenger Andres Taylor or interim champion Denis Lebedev of Russia (now the full WBA world Cruiserweight champion) has come to terms and will fight Lebedev on May 17, 2013, at Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia. This bout will settle once and for all the issue of who the true WBA World Champion is, once and for all.
Jones, now 38-3-2 with 30 knockouts, Panama City, Panama, will turn 41 on May 5, 2013, and has been inactive since November 5, 2011, when he stopped challenger Michael Marrone at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Lebedev, now 25-1, 19 knockouts, is 33 years old. He became the full WBA World Cruiserweight champion when he knocked out 23-0 Santander Silgado in the fourth round in Russia on December 17, 2012. Lebedev’s lone loss was a very questionable 12 round WBO world title fight split decision loss to Marco Huck in Germany.
To win on Russian soil, Jones will have to knock Lebedev out or stop him in the later roundsw. Of the 21 bouts Lebedev has fought in Russia, only two Lebedev opponents have gone the distance, James Toney and Artem Vychkin, and neither was given a single round on any of the judged scorecards. Jones was knocked out once, by David Noel in 1997 in a WBA Fedelatin bout, knocked Noel out in the first round in a rematch 2 months later. Inactivity is the biggest factor. Jones has to get the ring rust out, which will require a lot of sparring and a lot of extremely hard work. Lebedev wants to keep this belt bad. The odds favor Lebedev by youth, strength, style and activity. Jones wanted one year too long to take this bout, and because of that, must now fight Lebedev as the challenger rather than as the champion, a decisive edge for Lebedev as the defending champion fighting at home.
Jones has six bouts on his record which were fought for world titles. Lebedev has only one. Lebedev has youth on his side, and should win this bout one way or another. Lebedev is a hard hitter, which Jones will find out the hard way in what might prove to be his last pro bout unless he wins over Lebedev decisively on points.
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