Lebedev overwhelms Toney to clinch WBA cruiserweight belt

Denis Lebedev didn’t sent James ‘Lights Out’ Toney to canvas, as he had pledged to do, but that didn’t stop him from winning the WBA cruiserweight belt in a one-sided bout in Moscow.

The Russian dominated throughout the whole fight against the decorated American fighter and was close to finishing it before time. But the 43-year-old found some hidden reserves and each time survived Lebedev’s assault.

During his long professional career, Toney had never been knocked out – and nor was he on the night. However, that didn’t really upset Lebedev as all three judges unanimously gave all 12 rounds to the Russian fighter. The final score, 120-108, speaks for itself.

After the fight Lebedev paid tribute to his opponent.

“With all respect to James and his team I wanted and deserved to win more,” he stressed afterwards.

Thus, the 32-year-old southpaw, who knocked out Roy Jones Jr in his previous fight, made amends for his split-decision defeat to Marco Huck for the WBO cruiserweight title in Germany last December and has now deservedly won the WBA belt.

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