DENIS LEBEDEV FACES SANTANDER SILGADO THIS WEEKEND IN RUSSIA
Press Release: Undefeated cruiserweight Santander "Cha Cha" Silgado (23-0, 18 KOs), promoted by Havoc Boxing, will challenge one of boxing's hardest punchers, Denis Lebedev (24-1, 18 KOs) this Saturday night December 17th in Russia for Lebedev's WBA championship (longtime inactive WBA titlist Guillermo Jones has been downgraded to the dreaded champion-in-recess designation). Team Silgado departed Monday for Russia. Silgado, a seven-time national amateur champion in his native Colombia, had nearly 200 amateur fights. Most of his professional fights have been in South America.
Trained by former world champion Kosta Tszyu, Lebedev has defeated future Hall of Famers James Toney and Roy Jones Jr., in addition to former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli and former European champion Alexander Alekseev. Lebedev's lone loss as a professional was by split decision in 2010 to WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck.
A year ago, Lebedev captured the interim WBA crown with a 12-round shutout decision over Toney, and he successfully defended that title this past April with a second-round knockout of Shawn Cox. The WBA eventually promoted Lebedev to its world championhip when it downgraded Jones to its "Champion in Recess."
"People don't know too much about Santader Silgado because he's not really battle-tested," Havoc Boxing Promotions CEO Rob Diaz admitted. "The Russian has fought Toney, Jones and Huck. He has crushing power and Kosta Tszyu in his corner. And we're going to Russia to fight him over there. I can tell you we weren't too popular over there for the press conference and I don't expect that to change before December 17th.
"Silgado hasn't been in a fight of this magnitude, so I don't know how he'll respond, but we hope to turn the crowd's energy to Santander's advantage. We'll see what type of fighter he is that night. I see him out-boxing the Russian and possibly knocking him out. That's the game plan in place."
Havoc Boxing Promotions, best known for designing boxing ringwear, is also a licensed New York boxing promoter and Silgado represents its first boxer in a world title fight. "People think of New York City boxing promoters as Lou DiBella and Joe DeGuardia," Diaz said, "but there are also a lot of other boxing promoters here like Havoc Boxing. At this stage for Havoc Boxing to have a fighter in a world title fight is huge, especially when Santander wins to become a world champion, elevating Havoc Boxing into that elite level in New York City boxing."