The world Boxing Association (WBA) has obliged the world champion in the heavyweight Alexander Usik (16-0, 12 KO’s) to conduct the defense of his belt against Russian Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KO’s).
It is reported by the authoritative edition of ESPN.
Promotional auction for this fight is scheduled for March 28. The minimum amount of the offer will amount to 400 thousand dollars, 75% will go to the Ukrainian and 25% Russian. If the Tendril will give up the fight, the title will be vacant.
Ukrainian his next fight almost certainly will hold the heavyweight title on may 18. His opponent is still unknown. Among the potential opponents of an antenna is referred to as Alexander Povetkin and Carlos Takam.
However, the Ukrainian is unlikely to agree to this duel, because lately is gaining weight and preparing for the transition to the heavyweight division.
By the way, Lebedev was WBA champion, but the Association has selected a belt at the Russians in favor of the tournament WBSS. Currently Lebedev is “the champion in holiday”.
His last fight Usyk came against Tony Bellew (30-3-1, 20 KOS), having sent the rival to a knockout in the eighth round. Thus, the Ukrainian defended all the champion titles in heavy weight.
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