By Ed Baylor: WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (27-2, 20 KOs) will be defending his WBA title against Lateef Kayode (21-0, 16 KOs) on November 4th at the Basket-Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia, according to RingTV. The southpaw Lebedev is coming off an impressive 12 round unanimous decision last April against Youri Kalenga last April in a fight in which Lebedev was dropped to the canvas hard in the 4th in their fight in Moscow, Russia.
The 36-year-old Lebedev has a two-fight winning streak going since losing via an 11th round knockout against the much bigger Gullermo Jones back in 2013.
Kayode won his last fight in beating an over-matched Nick Kisner by lopsided 10 round unanimous decision earlier this year in May. Last year, Kayode made a mistake of moving up to the heavyweight division to face the much bigger Luis Ortiz and he was flattened in the 1st round by the big 6’4”, 245lb Cuban. However, the results of the fight were overturned after Ortiz tested positive after the fight for a banned substance.
In other fights on the Lebedev vs. Kayode card, former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin will be battling the huge 6’8” former world title challenger Mariusz Wach of Poland in a scheduled 12 round stay busy fight for Povetkin. This is just a fight for Povetkin to stay sharp for his upcoming title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) in early 2016.
Also on the Lebedev-Kayode card is former cruiserweight world title challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev facing a still to be determined opponent.
Roach says Pacquiao will beat Mayweather in rematch
Trainer Freddie Roach says he’s dead certain that his fighter 36-year-old former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) will defeat WBA/WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) in a rematch next year if the fight can be successfully negotiated.
Roach says that Pacquiao is a much different fighter with two healthy shoulders, and that he’s very certain that he’d beat Mayweather and avenge his loss.
Roach doesn’t say why Pacquiao went into his May 2nd fight with Mayweather injured with a preexisting shoulder problem. The smart thing for Pacquiao to have done would have been for him to postpone the fight so that he wouldn’t be stuck having his trainer Roach make excuses for him.
“I don’t know where Mayweather’s going right now. I don’t think he will stop at 49 fights. I think he’ll fight to 50. I’m hoping that he promotes himself, maybe if he does – he can make more money,” Roach said via boxingnewsonline.com. “Manny would do much better in a rematch if the shoulder gets better. We were doing well until the shoulder went in the fourth round, and we had a tough time after that. I do think we can beat Mayweather, 100 percent.”
Now that Mayweather knows how to beat Pacquiao after solving his style last May, I think it would be a lot easier for Mayweather to defeat Pacquiao a second time around. Mayweather only had problems against Pacquiao in two of the twelve rounds in their fight, and once he figured out how to negate what Pacquiao was doing in the ring, it became a one-sided fight from rounds five through twelve. Roach would likely say that Pacquiao injured his shoulder in the 5th round, and that’s why he was unable to fight as well as he wanted him to.