By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA world cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo “El Felino” Jones and Russian WBA regular world champion Denis Lebedev are set to crown the absolute WBA cruiserweight champion tonight at the Crocus Circus Hall in Moscow, Russia
The 41-year-old Jones (38-3-2, 30 KOs) won the title against Firat Arslan in September 2008, then went 25 months before defending it against Valery Brudov in October 2010. Another 13 months passed before his November 2011 defense against Mike Marrone. Since then, Jone has been out of the ring for another 20 months.
Lebedev (25-1-0, 19 KOs) was elevated from interim to full champion in October 2012 at the WBA convention in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Jones was reclassified as “champion in recess” due to his lack of activity.