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Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev set for December 3rd in Moscow

Gassiev's last eight wins have come by stoppage.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Sorry, Beibut.

WBA "Super" and IBF Cruiserweight Champion Denis Lebedev will make his first unified title defense on December 3rd, taking on unbeaten prospect Murat Gassiev in Moscow.

Gassiev has been Lebedev’s IBF mandatory since destroying Jordan Shimmel in May.

Lebedev (29-2, 22 KO) has won four straight since Guillermo Jones turned his face into a hacky sack in 2013, three of them by knockout. His most recent effort saw him blow away then-IBF champ Victor Emilio Rodriguez in two.

Gassiev (23-0, 17 KO) has looked pretty damn unstoppable since joining the pro ranks, but he’s only twenty-two and has yet to challenge anyone even close to Lebedev’s league. This is an absolute trial by fire for "Iron," taking on a skilled veteran who can withstand his power and dish out some monster blows of his own.

Another site, which is full of jerks so I won’t link to it, reports that my pick for the hardest puncher in boxing, Dmitry Kudryashov (19-1, 19 KO), will appear on the undercard in his second fight since falling to Olanrewaju Durodola last November.

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