By Rob Smith: WBA World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-1, 19 KO’s) showed tonight why he’s one of the most dangerous fighters in the cruiserweight division by knocking out #8 WBA Santander Silgado (23-1, 18 KO’s) in the 4th round with a devastating left uppercut to the head that put him down face first on the canvas at the Crocus City Hall, in Myakinino, Russia.
There really wasn’t any point in counting because Silgado was knocked out. The fight was stopped at 2:16 of the round.
Silgado showed really nice power during the first three rounds if the fight, as both fighters traded some monster shots. However, Silgado didn’t have quite as much power as Lebedev and he wasn’t as quick as him either. Lebedev was landing some tremendous punches that told you that the fight wasn’t going to last too long. You’ve got to give credit to Silgado for giving it a game effort but he simply was out of his class in this fight.
It would be nice to see Lebedev and WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck get back in the ring for a rematch because those two fighters are at the top of this division and there’s still a lot of controversy about Huck’s 12 round split decision win over Lebedev back in 2010.
After the fight, Team Lebedev called out Eddie Chambers, who in return said he is ready for the fight.
Cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (36-1, 25 KO’s), #9 WBA, defeated Jean Marc Monrose (25-6, 15 KO’s) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBA International cruiserweight title. Drozd took the fight to the lighter hitting Monrose and was hitting him constantly with big power shots that put Monrose under a lot of heat. He fought well at times but he didn’t have the power that Drozd had going for him.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Eduard Troyanovsky (13-0, 10 KO’s) defeated 36-year-old journeyman Walter Estrada (42-16-1, 27 KO’s) by a 2nd round knockout. Estrada was down three separate times in the 2nd round before the fight was halted at 2:59 of the round by referee Alexander Kalinkin.
Other boxing results on the card:
Dmitry Chudinov KO 2 Jhonatan Ricar
Vladimir Goncharov TKO 6 Bedarin Toma
Oleg Liseev TKO 6 Carlos Galvan