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Yunier Dorticos vs Youri Kalenga set for May 20

Yunier Doticos and Youri Kalenga will square off for a version of the WBA cruiserweight title in Paris.

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

Cuba's Yunier Dorticos and France's Youri Kalenga will meet for the WBA "world" cruiserweight title on May 20 in Paris, fighting for a belt that doesn't need to exist and seems to go against the recently stated WBA wishes to clean up their title situations.

Kalenga (22-2, 15 KO), born in Congo, lost a title challenge last April to Denis Lebedev, and followed that up with a win over Roberto Bolonti in November, his last fight. Dorticos (20-0, 19 KO) has largely dominated lesser opposition in his pro career, which began in 2009. He went 2-0 last year, beating veterans Galen Brown and Fulgencio Zuniga.

The 30-year-old Dorticos will obviously be taking a big step up in class here, as Kalenga, 27, has shown he can hang with a fighter like Lebedev, an upper echelon guy in the division. Kalenga's other loss was a curious defeat against Arturs Kulikauskis in 2013, facing a Latvian in Latvia with three Latvian judges who came up with the hilarious scores of 100-94, 100-93, and 99-97.

As for the real WBA cruiserweight title -- the "super world" title -- Lebedev will be defending that in a unification bout with IBF titleholder Victor Ramirez the next night, on May 21 in Moscow.

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