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Russian boxer Denis Lebedev celebrating his victory against French boxer Youri Kalenga after their cruiserweight WBA title bout in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 10, 2015. Denis Lebedev of Russia successfully defended his cruiserweight WBA title against Youri Kalenga of France. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Denis Lebedev v Victor Emilio Ramirez: A preview

On Friday the 21st of May in Moscow, Russia a compelling match up between the WBA & IBF respective belt holders will be taking place to ultimately sew up two of the belts in one’s man favour and to ultimately lead on to future unification fights with the other ranking organisations.

The WBA champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs) is expected in most boxing circles to be victorious against Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) of whom in a lot of respected peoples opinion is rather fortuitous to be an belt holder on the world scene .

The Russian Lebedev, although he is not the most spectacular fighter , is a good all round fighter who does the basics extremely well and is highly effective in doing so as his resume and wins on his record speak for themselves. On paper theoretically the fight with Ramirez is Lebedev’s fight to throw away as in comparison between the two fighters they really are chalk and cheese.

Ramirez who was briefly the WBO champion in 2009 after beating Alexander Alekseev to become interim champion before being elevated to full champion status before a fight with Ali Ismailov in May of 2009 before losing to Marko Huck 3 months later by Unanimous Decision . Ramirez is rough rugged come forward fighter with poor technique but does work a full 12 rounds if he is adequate shape but has arguably lost two of his most recent fights in most peoples eyes. In my opinion he certainly lost his most recent bout with Ovill Mckenzie widely in his first defence as IBF champion after being elevated again from interim status.

If I had to put my money where my mouth is I would be selecting Lebedev via late stoppage as denis does have the all-round boxing skill to frustrate and pick holes at Ramirez all night and also at will if denis plans his assaults as usual and not get involves in a tear up. The reason being is that Ramirez will be wanting exactly that and in the past he has been successful in those scenarios but as expected the top cruiserweights’ have noticed he prefers tear ups and prepared to box with Ramirez and not Brawl.

This fight between Lebedev v Ramirez was originally was going to be the chief support to the recently postponed fight between Deontay Wilder v Alexander Povetkin but at time of press the rest of the card is still going ahead but UK TV for this fight is unknown as boxnation have removed the card from the listings which was going to be shown live and in full. Will be keeping you all informed in terms of the UK tv situation and where to watch the full event.

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