By Alexey Sukachev
Upon hearing a recent verbal/video challenge from fellow cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs), 2009 Russian Fighter of the Year Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs) was brief but solid in expressing his opinion about the possible crossroader: “Alex aus Hamburg, wir sind bereit für den Kampf!” (Alex from Hamburg, we’re ready for the fight!) Lebedev is ranked #1 by the WBO, #5 by the IBF, #13 by the WBA and #15 by the WBC. He is 7-0, 7 KOs, since coming back after a four-year long layoff. He’s trained by Valery Belov, managed by Vladimir Hryunov and promoted by Frank Warren’s Sports Network. WBO #2, WBA #3, WBC #7 and IBF #12 Alekseev suffered his lone loss in January 2009 being stopped by Victor Emilio Ramirez in the WBO Interim cruiserweight match-up. Promoted by Universum Box-Promotion, Alekseev was a member of Russian 2004 Olympic Team. He’s a former European and world amateur champion as well.