Denis Lebedev will defend his IBF/WBA cruiserweight titles against Murat Gassiev in Russia on Saturday, December 3. Betting odds have this fight as being a close contest, and you can read our preview here.
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Denis Lebedev is the (-210) favorite while Murat Gassiev is the (+170) underdog, according to Bovada’s online betting site.
The undefeated Murat Gassiev will be the biggest challenge for Denis Lebedev since rebuilding his career after a damaging 2013 loss to Guillermo Jones in which he lost the WBA cruiserweight belt.
Murat Gassiev is 23-0, and with 17 of those wins coming by way of knockout, he has developed the reputation as a power puncher. However, he is not very a defensive minded fighter and is willing to absorb punishment in order to get his offense off — which is why this could be a very entertaining bout.
Lebedev is trained by Freddie Roach and the 37 year olds will have a major advantage in experience over Gassiev, who just turned 23 and never had much of an amateur career with only 25 fights on his record.