Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be Russian cruiserweight boxers. Otherwise, they may end up looking like Denis Lebedev.
During a grueling WBA title bout with Guillermo Jones in Moscow on Friday, the area around Lebedev's right eye became grotesquely swollen. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Lebedev's eye was already "an absolute mess" by the end of the fourth. It only got worse.
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Despite the horrific bruising and swelling, Lebedev (25-2) lasted until the 11th round before Jones (39-3-2) dropped him to the canvas near the ropes. By the time Jones secured the 11th-round KO, Lebedev's eye and the fact that the fight had not been stopped earlier dominated discussion of the bout on social media.
— Gareth Williams (@gareth1864) May 17, 2013
Kostya Tszyu is Lebedev's trainer. Shame on him for not stopping this when the ref wouldn't earlier because of the eye. #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) May 17, 2013
— Ryan Maquiñana (@RMaq28) May 18, 2013
Kostya Tszyu had a compassionate cornerman in Johnny Lewis. Lebedev could have done with a Lewis in his corner, not a Tszyu #boxing
— Boxing News (@BoxingNewsED) May 17, 2013