Former Interim cruiserweight world champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga will provide chief support February 18 for pro-debuting Moroccan amateur boxing sensation Mohammad Rabii on the “Battle of Casablanca” card, presented by Nowhere2Hyde, at Complexe de Sportif Mohammed V Arena in Casablanca, Morocco.
This week’s schedule is packed so tight with cruiserweight bouts that some good ones will probably be overlooked. Tonight’s card in Moscow which was supposed to be headlined by the heavyweight showdown between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin will go on with three cruiserweight bouts now headlined by Denis Lebedev. Beibut Shumenov will fight Junior Wright in Las Vegas with the WBA title at stake. There were two other interesting fights in the same weight class preceding the mainstream shows that deserve to be mentioned and were well worth watching.
Former world title challengers Youri Kalenga and Roberto Bolonti will do battle in a cruiserweight 10-rounder on the undercard of the Monte Carlo “Night of Champions” tournament on November 7.
With each warrior being dropped once during the 12-round battle, judges’ scores were 115-112 twice and 116-111 for Lebedev.
“I tip my hat to Lebedev, he’s a great fighter and perhaps I’ll get another chance to face him. He’s without question the toughest fighter I’ve faced but I thought I clearly won the fight,” said the disappointed Kalenga.
Number 1 Ranked Contender YOURI “El Toro” KALENGA has arrived in Moscow ahead of his 12-round showdown with World Boxing Association (‘WBA’) Cruiserweight Champion DENIS LEBEDEV set for Friday, April 10.
Truly boxing’s elite “Road Warrior”, the 27-year-old Kalenga will be fighting in the eighth different country over his five-year professional career, having compiled a record of
Los Angeles, CA (February 10,2015) #1 Ranked Contender YOURI “El Toro” KALENGA heads to Big Bear Lake, California this week to open training camp for his World Boxing Association (‘WBA’) Cruiserweight World Title fight against Champion DENIS LEBEDEV slated for March 21 at a location to be announced.
Kalenga will train at The Summit High Altitude Training Center with the renowned ABEL SANCHEZ for the first time in his five-year career.
CORK, Ireland (Nov. 18, 2014) – Fresh off of his devastating 12th round knockout of previously undefeated No. 2 contender “Dangerous” Denton Daley (12-1) this past Saturday night, as the official WBA mandatory challenger, Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs), has set his sights next on WBA “regular” champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) with a loftier goal to eventually unify all the world titles.
Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (20-1, 13 KOs) will defend his title November 15 against undefeated, No. 4-rated “Dangerous” Denton Daley (12-0, 6 KOs) at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.