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Guillermo Jones wants shot at Wladimir Klitschko

Following a win over Denis Lebedev, WBA cruiserweight titlist Guillermo Jones wants to challenge world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With a recent win over Denis Lebedev in an exciting brawl, WBA cruiserweight titleholder Guillermo Jones is hoping to land the biggest possible fish: World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Jones (39-3-2, 31 KO) battered Lebedev on May 17 in Russia, stopping him in the 11th round of a brutal fight. It was a bit of an upset given that Jones is 41 years old and hadn't fought since 2011, while Lebedev was considered one of the best cruiserweights in the world.

A fight with Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) is a whole other ball of wax, though. Wladimir has been mowing down everyone for the last eight years, and hasn't lost in nearly a decade. The last time anyone even gave him a serious challenge was 2005, with Samuel Peter flooring Wladimir three times yet still losing the decision.

It's easy to say that Jones is aiming for this for the payday, since it's the biggest possible fight for him, and sure, maybe he is. But it's not like he didn't just show a ton of heart and desire. Maybe he's not particularly concerned with getting fights, but once he's in there, it's game time. I don't know.

Anyway, I doubt it happens soon, as Klitschko is currently working on finalizing a fight with Alexander Povetkin for October. But it wouldn't be shocking if it did. Wladimir has fought a pair of former cruiserweight tiltists recently in David Haye and Jean-Marc Mormeck, and Jones fits comfortably between those two in terms of relevance and credibility as a Wladimir opponent.

Just when we think Don King is totally dunzo, he has two fighters gunning for the Klitschkos. Go figure.

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