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Wlodarczyk vs Drozd, Lebedev vs Kolodziej available on U.S. PPV

A cruiserweight world title doubleheader from Russia will be available to U.S. viewers on September 27.


Integrated Sports is coming through for those diehards looking to see more notable European fights on their TV instead of a stream, as they'll be televising a September 27 cruiserweight world title doubleheader from Moscow. The show will be available on pay-per-view in the United States for $24.95.

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KO) will defend his WBC cruiserweight title against Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KO), and Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KO) will defend the WBA belt against Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KO).

Lebedev, 35, is returning for the first time since taking a pretty horrific beating in May 2013 against Guillermo Jones, a fight in which he lost his WBA belt initially. But Jones popped positive in a drug test for that fight -- though this didn't erase the official result on anyone's record, but it did return the title to Lebedev. And ahead of a scheduled rematch for earlier this year, Jones tested positive for the same drug (Furosemide, a diuretic).

Kolodziej, 33, is unbeaten but has faced marginal opposition to date, and is taking what looks to be a big step up. He was scheduled to face IBF titleholder Yoan Pablo Hernandez earlier this year,

Wlodarczyk, 32, is fighting for the first time since a December 2013 defense against Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago. In 2013, he beat Fragomeni and rallied to stop Rakhim Chakhkiev. He hasn't lost a fight since 2007, when he was beaten by Steve Cunningham. The 35-year-old Drozd has not lost since 2006, when he was beaten by Firat Arslan, and made his case for a world title shot last October, when he stopped Mateusz Masternak to win the European title.

Also on the PPV, WBA female junior welterweight titlist Svetlana Kulakova (9-0-1, 1 KO) will defend against Argentina's Ana Laura Esteche (10-3-2, 2 KO), and Russian cruiserweight Andrey Knyazev (10-1, 5 KO) will face Brazil's Fabiano Soares Piquet (10-0-1, 8 KO).

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