According to a report at BoxingScene.com, Denis Lebedev's manager is looking to make a fight between the interim WBA cruiserweight titlist and former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck for the first week in June. Lebedev knocked out Shawn Cox in two rounds yesterday in Russia.
Is there any way to really respect this fight? Lebedev and his team have become really difficult to take seriously. If this fight happens, that means that Lebedev's most recent four opponents would be Mormeck (40 when this fight takes place), Cox (37 and totally unproven), James Toney (43 and a decade past what could be generously described as his prime), and Roy Jones Jr (42 and we all know his story).
What about Mormeck's recent embarrassing loss to Wladimir Klitschko makes this fight attractive to anyone but the stupidest of non-fans? Mormeck can't fight anymore. He also may or may not be able to make the weight. It's easy to say that Lebedev isn't Klitschko and Mormeck's really a cruiserweight, and that's true, but the reality is he's just not any good anymore and he's old. James Toney and Roy Jones Jr at one point would have whipped Lebedev, too. Not when Lebedev actually fought them, though.
Who's next after Mormeck, or who could sub for Mormeck should Mormeck say, as he might, "No thank you"? Let's run down some options and then laugh later if he actually fights one of them on his Senior Bash Tour 2011-12.
Montell Griffin (41), Danny Green (39), Firat Arslan (41), Silvio Branco (45), Giacobbe Fragomeni (41), Rob Calloway (42). Any of those could work.
Maybe he'll call on a young, hungry American bruiser such as Mike Marrone, Adam "Swamp Donkey" Richards, Matt Godfrey, or Brian Minto.
Maybe he'll pull a legend such as Herbie Hide or Vassily Jirov out of retirement.
There is an off chance he will fight someone who really, truly belongs in the ring with him.