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Kalenga targeting Lebedev

Fresh off of his devastating 12th round knockout of previously undefeated No. 2 contender “Dangerous” Denton Daley (12-1) this past Saturday night, as the official WBA mandatory challenger, Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs), has set his sights next on WBA “regular” champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) with a loftier goal to eventually unify all the world titles.

“I want to fight Lebedev next and my promoter, Michael King (King Sports Enterprises), will bring that fight to Los Angeles,” Kalenga said. “Once I beat Lebedev, I will take on the other world champions – (IBF) Yoan Pablo Hernandez, (WBO) Marco Huck or (WBC) Grigory Drodz. Give me any and all of them!”

The 26-year-old Kalenga, the Congolese fighter who lives in France, captured the Interim WBA title this past June in Monte Carlo, taking a 12-round split decision (116-112, 115-113, 113-115) over Mateusz Masternak (32-1).

The Cruisers take centre stage tonight – Lebedev, Wlodarczyk vs Drozd

The biggest card of the weekend takes place in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday as the Euro-centric Cruiserweight division is showcased with two major championship fights on the same bill.  Of course, Russian boxers compete in both fights and the show provides us with another example of how professional boxing in the old communist state is thriving and improving at a rate of knots.

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