Earlier today, World Boxing News provided some updates on upcoming fights, including rumblings of a clash between Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto. Among the announcements was confirmation of a cruiserweight unification bout between WBA champion Denis Lebedef and IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez.
The two will do battle on April 30th in Moscow.
Lebedev (28-2, 21 KO) has won three straight since his facial deconstruction surgery at the hands of Guillermo Jones, a loss later called into question due to Jones' failed drug tests. 2015 saw him defeat hard-punching Frenchman Youri Kalenga in April, then beat down and finish Lateef Kayode in November.
Should he defeat Ramirez, he will have to face mandatory challenger Yunier Dorticos.
Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KO) battered his way past Ola Afolabi in April to take the IBF title and extend his winning streak to seven since a 2009 decision loss to Marco Huck. His October defense against Ovill McKenzie was slightly less triumphant, as he scraped out a split draw against the English veteran.
Lebedev's thirty-six, but still remains one of the division's most awkwardly effective fighters; combined with his earlier accomplishments, a win over Ramirez could give him an argument for replacing Grigory Drozd as the world's top cruiserweight. Early predictions?