It was recently announced that unbeaten Russian blonde bombshell Svetlana Kulakova (9-0-1, 1) would be getting her second shot at Argentina's Ana Laura Esteche (10-3-2, 2) on September 27th.
The two women met on June 1st this year fighting to a much debated draw in what was set to be a WBA female Light Welterweight title unification bout. Many felt Esteche, who travelled to Russia for that bout, had done enough take home a win though in the end the judges were split with Esteche retaining her WBA regular title whilst Kulakova maintained her unbeaten record and the interim title.
Like the first bout this one will be in Russia and have been added to an already exciting card in Moscow headlined by a brilliant bout between the always fun to watch Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19) and the unbeaten Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18), this bout will be a WBA Cruiserweight title defence for Lebedev. The same show is also said to feature a WBC Cruiserweight bout between champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35) and Russian challenger Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27). At the moment however the WBC bout is said to be in some doubt with Wlodarczyk thought to still be negotiating financial terms for he contest.
Over the past 24 hours we have received several interesting developments regarding some Russian fighters and fights.
Hopefully these bouts will all go as planned and no issue will arise to prevent them, though with boxing we know that there are always issues in this sport.
Finally we have confirmation, that the WBA Cruiserweight title fight between Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19) and Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31) has been cancelled after Jones failed a drugs test.
The story, which has been developing over the past few hours, saw Jones first being tested positive then the WBA refused to sanction it as a world title bout. Soon after that the fight was cancelled with the men not coming to an agreement for a non-title fight.
We would like to think that Lebedev will be getting a fight in the coming months whilst Jones will hopefully never be seen in the ring again.
Whilst the fight was cancelled we've got to admit it wasn't just Jones who covered himself in disgrace but also British presenter Steve Bunce who acted like a genuine fool and showed a lack of professionalism in his role on Boxnation. We know he's widely respected in the UK but his under-hand digs at various people, ranging from fighters, to journalists to the WBA was genuinely disgraceful and something that we really can't defend. Hopefully Mr Bunce will think about his comments an issue an apology to certain people, including Gilberto Mendoza (WBA) and Ben Jacobs who was amongst the people who broke the story.
From what we are hearing on the grapevine controversial Panamanian Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31) has failed his pre-fight drug test.
Jones, who was set to fight Russian Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19) for the WBA Cruiserweight title, has allegedly tested positive for a banned diuretic. Unfortunately for the 6'4" Cruiserweight this isn't the first time and he actually tested positive for a similar type of drug last year, when he beat Lebedev in very controversial fashion, and way back in 2002 when he fought to a draw with Johnny Nelson. Although he tested positive in both of those bouts his record still counts the win and the draw with neither bout over-turned to a no-contest.
We are awaiting confirmation of this story and what will happen next but it seems likely that the fight will either be off or Jones will be unable to win the title and will face a ban pending a hearing after the bout. It's a real shame for Lebedev if the bout is cancelled and robs him of his chance to avenge his "loss" from last year though the test could explain why Jones, in his 40's, can still make Cruiserweight despite being a huge man for the division.
From what we understand the fight will go on, with the likely out come to be a non-title fight.
EDIT 2: The WBA have CONFIRMED the story! The fight might go ahead but the WBA will have no part in it.
Although odds for Denis Lebedev's (25-2, 19) rematch with Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31) have been available for the past few day's we've decided to leave our look at them until after the weigh in to see if any major changes have been made as a result.
Before looking at the odds we thought this was going to be a 50-50 match up, the odds makers however disagree. The best price on Lebedev is 1/2 with the Russian priced as low as 4/11. Jones is a well priced underdog with the best odds of 2/1 shilst some bookies view him as a 7/4 shot.
Method of Victory:
The favoured outcome is with Lebedev winning a decision, this is priced at 2/1. The decision win for Lebedev is priced marginally better than the odds for Lebedev by stoppage which are around 11/5.
As for Jones his favoured outcome is by stoppage at 3/1 whilst Jones by decision is a huge 7/1 with many viewing the bout as one he simply cannot win via decision.
Grouped round betting:
In terms of the group round better Lebedev to score a KO in the second half of the fight is 11/4 and is only beaten by Lebedev via decision. For Jones the favoured group of rounds also the final 6 with odds of 4/1
Although we're not certain we can't help but think that the weigh in has seen some fans swing towards Lebedev, for us though it's very much a 50-50 bout.
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