Lebedev Comes Out of Retirement on Dec. 21

Denis Lebedev’s retirement ends up being a short one, as the former cruiserweight champion is set to return to action on December 21 against Thabiso Mchunu.

Lebedev, who made his professional debut in 2001, won 21 straight fights before losing a WBO cruiserweight title fight to Marco Huck. Lebedev, however, went on to defeat James Toney for the interim WBA cruiserweight title in November 2011 before promotion to full-time champion the next year. He retained the title five times, though he originally lost it to Guillermo Jones before Jones failed a drug test.

Lebedev defeated Victor Emilio Ramirez to become WBA/IBF unified champion in May 2016, but he lost the IBF title to Murat Gassiev seven months later. Seven months after retaining the WBA title against Mark Flanagan, he was named champion in recess and fought just twice more — the latest of which came against Mike Wilson in November 2018 — before retiring just four months ago.

Mchunu enters this fight off back-to-back wins, competing only a couple of weeks ago, finishing Willbeforce Shihepo.

Original Story: Bad Left Hook

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