Lebedev’s WBA cruiserweight
Denis Lebedev vs. Mark Flanagan
Date: Monday, July 10, 2017
Venue: Ekaterinburg, Russia
The only fighter of note not involved to the World Boxing Super Series that kicks off in September, left a small note tonight that he is still around. WBA Super champion (for whatever it is worth) Denis Lebedev improved his record to 30-2-1 NC, 22 KOs, with a one-sided unanimous decision over little-known WBA #6 Australian Mark Flanaghan, who drops to 22-5, 15 KOs.
The top four seeds in each field selected their opponents from the unseeded fighters during the draft gala on Saturday night at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, setting the stage for several intriguing bouts when the quarterfinals kick off in September and October. Specific dates and locations are to be announced.
The fight was barely going from the opening bell. Both combatants chose somewhat cautious and thus tedious approach. Lebedev, 37, was seemingly an aggressor but he wasn’t pushing the fight ti the Australian, ten years his younger. Lebedev relied more on one-twos, while Flanghan threw semi-wide punches to do just enough to keep him in the fight. Lebedev has slowly increasing the tempo and punch rate but he has never put the Australian into the danger zone. Flanaghan did little to win any points and seemed to be glad just to be there.